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Is there a word that can be used in place of concerned, but that doesn't imply that something is wrong, or that the individual is worried?

For instance, the following sentence:

A concerned parent will ask a child what happened during school that day.

means that the parent is worrying about the child, and may be afraid something had happened at school. Is there a different adjective to describe the parent that shows that they are asking because they are interested in what happened during the day, not worried.

  • What's wrong with interested? – Andrew Leach Jan 21 '14 at 9:52
  • Perhaps they're caring parents. – Gigili Jan 21 '14 at 9:52
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    You might consider involved: "An involved parent knows their student's schedule, the classes they're taking, their teachers, and their grades." (D.P. King) – J.R. Jan 21 '14 at 10:14
  • All the suggestions above are excellent. Just don't confuse anxious with eager. If you are looking forward to taking part in an activity, chances are you are eager to participate, not anxious. If you're dreading taking part in an activity, chances are you're anxious, not eager. All this to say, "Eager, proactive parents will ask a child what happened during school that day" is wordy, but possible. – rhetorician Jan 21 '14 at 15:41
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I'd go with the following:

Caring parents will ask their child what happened during school that day.

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