0 Essential Steps to Improve Communication

10 Essential Steps to Improve Communication with Your Children

We’ve all been there. “How was school today?” you ask, and get the dreaded “Fine” in return. Where you can almost hear the doors of communication slamming shut!

At Thomas Keith Independent School, we pride ourselves on fostering open communication, not just between teachers and students, but also in your homes. 

We’ve curated a 10-step strategy to help you break down those barriers and get your young ones chatting away:

Lead by Example

Start by sharing something about your day, even if it’s as simple as a funny mishap at the supermarket. It sets a tone of openness.

Be Specific

Instead of a generic “How was your day?”, try “What was the funniest thing that happened in school today?” 

Non-Judgement Zone

Sometimes kids worry about negative reactions. Assure them that it’s a safe space and their feelings are valid.

Quality Time

Dedicate a time where it’s just about the two of you. No screens, no distractions. Maybe during a walk or over a cup of cocoa.

Active Listening

It’s not just about hearing, but listening. Respond to what they say with genuine interest, even if it’s about the 100th time they’ve beaten that video game level.

Open-Ended Questions

Encourage longer answers by asking questions that can’t be answered with just a ‘yes‘ or ‘no‘.

Stay Updated

Know their interests If they’re into space, share a cool fact about Mars. They’ll appreciate your effort, and who knows, you might learn a thing or two!

Encourage Journaling

A journal can be a great way for kids to express their feelings, and they might share some of it with you.

Empathy First

If they’re upset about something, validate their feelings before offering solutions. It’s the age-old “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes” – just make sure they’re not high heels, or you’re in for a world of pain!

Group Conversations

Engage them in family discussions where everyone gets a turn to speak. It reinforces the idea that their opinion matters.


Did you know that online schooling, like what we offer at Thomas Keith Independent School, can be a game-changer in this department? It allows students to interact in a more relaxed environment, giving them the confidence to express their thoughts more freely. This spills over into their daily lives, making them more communicative at home. Check out our admissions page and BOOK A CALL with our experts to discuss how our programs can benefit your child.

Thomas Keith Independent School is a top British online private school catering to students from Year 1 to Year 13, covering Primary, Secondary, and Sixth Form levels. This includes all Key Stages from 1 to 5, leading up to GCSE and A Levels. We teach the British curriculum, with all subjects being taught live in real-time classes online.

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