Free Shipping on all orders over $99*

Stop Asking Your Child About Their Day

August 02, 2018

Stop Asking Your Child About Their Day

The other day, I posed a question to our Facebook followers asking them how they got their kids to talk about their day at school because as we know, if you simply ask, "How was school?", you get the super informative, "Good" in response.

It was a great question to pose because there were many, many ideas offered. From asking different questions such as, "What was something funny that happened today?" and "What was the best thing about today?" to using their artworks to start conversations, people had quite the variety of strategies.

Over the years I have tried most of these strategies to varying levels of success but never have they really given me the outcome I was looking for.

I wanted to know why.

So I did some digging and found an article from Alice Bradley via Offspring, that really made me sit up and take notice because in it, Alice suggests quite strongly:

"Don’t ask your kid what happened at school that day. Just don’t."

I beg your pardon? But I need to know! I am always interested in their classmates, their teacher, their schedule and their work because for many years I knew exactly how their day was because I was there - now I literally have no idea.

After I picked my jaw off the floor, I read on and it turns out that Alice isn't actually mad and does happen to understand that you want to know about your child's day and that no matter how old they are, you are always going to be interested in their life.

However, Alice is of the opinion that we are going about it the wrong way. In the first place, those "tricky" questions we ask to get the kids to engage simply don't work.

"...you’re not fooling anyone with those “questions about school that aren’t ‘how was your day,’” supposedly designed to get your kid talking...These are horrible. Your child sees right through them, and you."

But asking the question regardless of the form is not really the problem. As far as Alice is concerned (and I tend to agree), the real problem is our timing. Turns out that just like adults, when they're done for the day, kids like to wind down too.

"...they’ve just been through the academic and social wringer. School has taken its toll. Now they’re out of school. What’s the last thing they want to talk about? School. School is the thing that is over. And now you are demanding a recap. No."

So it's not that they don't want to talk, it just that they don't want to talk "right now". It made sense. So for the last week, I've not been asking. And you know what, it's worked. Instead of asking I've been doing as Alice suggests and simply telling the kids how much I missed them and asking how they are. Then we've gone about the rest of our day.

And every night during our bedtime routine, they have offered a recap of their day of their own accord which I've been able to listen to in quiet and comfort.

And if I wanted more information, I found that over breakfast the next morning was a great time to delve into it because everyone's fresh and the kids seem to love the fact that I remembered.

It's early days, but I'm really enjoying this new found freedom.

You can read Alice's full article here.






Also in the foxy blog

2018's Best Big Kid Gifts
2018's Best Big Kid Gifts

November 15, 2018

Here's 10 Christmas Gifts sure to please any 6-8 year old..

View full article →

2018's Best Gifts for Littles
2018's Best Gifts for Littles

November 15, 2018

Here's 10 Christmas Gifts sure to please any 3-5 year old.

View full article →

2018's Best Toddler Gifts
2018's Best Toddler Gifts

November 07, 2018

Here's 10 Christmas Gifts sure to please the fussiest toddler...or parents.

View full article →

Size Guide & Guarantee

 

Based on averages, we believe that a "Size 2" should actually fit your child from when they are two to when they are three.  However, we do appreciate that not all children are built the same and so in the spirit of helping you make an informed choice, have included our manufacturing size guide below.

Having said that, we also appreciate that buying clothes online can be difficult and even if you measure your kids according to the chart, sometimes things just don't fit right.

 

Therefore, we offer all our customers, the right to return items from their first order in order to exchange them for different sizes at no charge. Simply contact us and we will be more than happy to help you out. 

 

 

Clothing Size Guide:

(in cms)

6m

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Chest

48

50

52

54

56

58

60

63

66

69

71

Waist

50

51

52

53

54

55

56

58

60

62

64

Hip

54

56

58

60

62

64

66

69

72

75

78

Height

76

80

89

98

107

114

120

126

132

138

144

Leg

35

38

44

50

57

62

66

70

74

78

82

 

Plae Shoes Size Guide:

All sizes published on our website are US sizes. Make sure to refer to the below shoe size conversion chart if you have any questions about your child’s foot length and the corresponding size in AU, European, or UK sizing.

We know how challenging it is to get the right fit, that’s why we’ve designed a simple process you can use at home. Print out our PLAE FIT KIT and try it out. 

US Size EU Size UK Size AU Size Inches Cms
6 22 5 5.5 5.5 14
7 23 6 6 5.7 14.5
8 24 7 7 5.9 15
9 25 8 8 6.1 15.5
9.5 26 8.5 8.5 6.3 16
10 27 9 9 6.5 16.5
11 28 10 10 6.7 17
12 29 1 11 6.9 17.5
12.5 30 11.5 12 7.1 18
13 31 12 12.5 7.3 18.5
1 32 13 13 7.5 19
2 33 1 1 7.9 20
2.5  34 1.5 2 8.1 20.5
3.5 35 2.5 3 8.5 21.5
4 36 3.5 3.5 8.9 22.5

 

Wellies Size Guide:

In order to ensure correct size for your feet, we have measured the internal length of each insole of each Wellington boot as shown in the table below. Please measure one of your insoles that currently fit your foot length, and match it to our measurement, to find your correct size. We have found that this is the most efficient way, as shoe sizes and measurements vary between manufacturers.

AU Size EU Size Insole Measurement cm
1 19 12.5 cm
2 20 13.5 cm
3 21 14 cm
4 22 14.5 cm
5 23 15.5 cm
6 24 16 cm
7 25 16.5 cm
8 26 17 cm
9 27 17.5 cm
10 28 18.5 cm
11 29 19 cm
12 30 19.5 cm
13 31 20 cm
1 32 21 cm
2 33 22 cm
3 34 23 cm
4 35 23.5 cm

 

Please note: while all care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this information and the final result, the processes of manufacturing (marking, cutting, sewing and finishing) mean that some variances will occur.

 

If you have any questions regarding sizing, please feel free to contact us using the form below.