Parenting

Kristen Bell has a hack for getting your kids to actually answer you

Kristen Bell has come to the rescue again!

Mum: “How was your day darling?” Child: (stares into space). Parents know this scenario all too well!

First she let her followers know how she gets her kids to not swear and now she’s letting parents know how she gets her daughters to TALK to her!

Kristen Bell shares her parenting hack

The hack

From one word responses to your child actually wanting to answer you, check out Kristen Bell’s hack below!

“Kids don’t naturally want to tell you about their day because they want to live in the moment – they don’t want to live in the past,” she told POPSUGAR.

Kristen said she simply explains WHY she is asking her kids how their day was.

“Do you know why we ask you about your day? I ask you about your day and I ask Daddy about his day because we’ve been separated for a few hours and I wonder how you’re feeling . . . if you experienced something today you want to talk about.

Also because I’m interested and it gives us a chance to reconnect to each other. That’s why people ask one another about their day. It also makes the other person that’s being asked feel very good and valued. It’s a nice way to show you love someone.”

The result

Kristen says that explaining it this way has made the world of difference and her kids now actually answer her and wait for it…they ask her how HER day was!

“My kids don’t brush me off. They say, ‘It was really good, how was your day? They actually ask me how my day was,” she said.

PURE GENIUS!

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Katie Fowler

Katie is a yoga loving writer from Sydney's northern beaches. With a flair for healthy baking you can find her scouring Instagram for the latest take on raw brownies and trolling Pinterest for interior design inspiration!