A few days ago G didn't have a good time at school and said he didn't want to talk about it. The next day I deliberately asked him if he was feeling better at the dinner table. I wanted to send the message that it's OK to talk with all of us. P's family doesn't talk about peoples' business. That's admirable. I like to know when people are struggling so I can be supportive.
I think it's really important to talk things out.