If your child tears up over homework, overreacts to questions about the school day or seems unusually quiet or withdrawn.
You might ask: “What’s the biggest difference between today and yesterday, this week and last week, or this year and last year?” Sometimes a child might not know what’s bugging him. Or he might find it hard to explain. If you ask what’s wrong, you might only get a shrug. But by being more specific and asking him what’s changed, you might help him open up.