A quiet time in the evening is a good chance to check in with your child.
Encouraging your child to talk about what they’ve done and how they feel will help them learn how to express their thoughts and feelings.
You can make this a habit by finding time most evenings to have a chat. Bedtime can be a good time to try this.
Sit together and have a cuddle. Ask your child about what they’ve done that day. Ask them for things that have made them happy, sad, or proud. Share your day and feelings too. It’s important to listen and pause before you reply with advice – it can take young children a bit of time to express themselves as they want to.
Encourage your child to tell you about things that have made them laugh or something new they’ve learned.
By making a chat like this a regular habit, you’re letting your child know that they can talk to you about their feelings and problems, and to share the things that make them happy too.
Good to know
Talking about your day means that your child will start to understand feelings, emotions and will learn how to solve problems.