Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16Ask open-ended questions Instead of “How was school,” say “Tell me about your day,” or ask “What are you studying in science?” “What’s that book about?” or “What did you have for lunch?” Be available to listen Timing is important. Be available to listen when your child wants to talk. Also, look for times when he/she is most likely to be open to conversation (when you’re fixing dinner, driving in the car, before bed, etc.). Recognize your child’s concerns Something that may seem like a small thing to you could be a big thing to your middle schooler. If your child has a concern or problem, listen attentively, and help him/her figure out how to deal with it and move forward. Pay attention to nonverbal communication Children aren’t always able to put into words the things they need you to know. It is, therefore, important to pay attention to your child’s body language, eating and sleeping patterns, moods, and school performance. These can be good indicators of how things are going at school and with friends. Keeping the lines of communication open those first few weeks is particularly important. Here are some tips to help you do that. COMMUNICATION IS KEY 5