My vision of back-to-school always goes something like this: A tearful goodbye (the separation anxiety is real) followed by an end-of-day reunion where my child regales me with stories of learning and fun. I vicariously live through their science lesson while also getting the hot goss about who they played with at recess or sat next to at lunch.
Of course, the reality plays out much differently. My son—I kid you not—often limits his update to the contents of his lunchbox. Me: “How was your day?” Him: “Check to see what I didn’t eat in my lunchbox, mama!” The end.
And I’m not alone. It’s a recurring problem for parents who want nothing more than their kids to open up about their day, especially since we know that the reunion after time apart is one of the most meaningful opportunities for bonding.
So, the million dollar question: How do we get them to share?