What can you do as a parent to boost your child’s brain power?

Posted September 8, 2019

…the short answer is to talk with them.

What is the difference between talking to your child and talking with them?

Below is a link to a study that shows engaging your child in conversation will boost their brainpower. Traditionally, we can struggle with asking our children “How was school today?” or “What did you learn in school today?” and getting a one-word answer such as “OK” or (my favourite) “Nothing”.

One of the ways you can try to go deeper into conversation with your child is to ask a specific open-ended question like “What did you learn in math today?” or phrase the question as “Tell me about what you did for reading/ journal/at recess/for science/math today?”

Here are some tips from this website: https://u.org/2cXaDBE and an article by Andrew M I Lee:

“1. Ask open-ended questions. If you ask a question that can be answered with one word—yes or no—that’s what you’ll get. A one-word answer.

Example: “What was the best thing you did at school today?”

2. Start with a factual observation. Kids often have a hard time answering questions that seem to come out of the blue. Making an observation gives your child something to relate to.

Example: “I know you have a lot more kids in your class this year. What’s that like?”

3. Share something about yourself. When someone tells you about themselves, it’s natural to want to do that in return. Share something with your child and see what you get back.

Example: “We always played dodgeball at recess. What do you and your friends like to do?”

4. Avoid negative questions. If you think something isn’t going well, your questions may come out in a negative way, with emotion-packed words like sad or mean. Asking in a positive way lets your child express concerns.

Example: “I heard that you sat with new people at lunch today. What did you talk about?”

Over the summer I read this great article that you can find here: https://bit.ly/2YdVRzo

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