School days are around the corner! As anxious parents, we want to know how everything went. But, we all know what usually happens when you ask kids how school was, right?
We get one-word answers like, “Good.” “Fine.” “Okay.”
Which is okay sometimes, but, for the most part, you want to know a whole lot more about how their day was!
So how can get your kids to share more with you?
Try some of these questions on the way home from school, during dinner, or while getting ready for bed:
- What was the best part of your day? (Worst part?)
- What was the funniest thing you saw today?
- What was the best part of lunch?
- Did you get called on by your teacher today? What was that like?
- Which kid in your class was the quietest? (Loudest? Most energetic?)
- Which books did you read from today?
- What was your teacher wearing today?
- Which part of your classroom do you think I’d like the best?
- When’s the last time you went to the school library?
- What do you wish you could do more of at school?
- Which activity at school today was your favorite? (Least favorite?)
- What games would you like to be able to play at recess?
- What did you eat for lunch today? (What did your friends have for lunch?)
- What’s something your teacher said today?
- Which kid in your class needed to be cheered up today?
- If you were the teacher tomorrow, what would you do differently?
- What made you feel happy today? (Sad, confused, bored?)
- How did you get to be a helper today?
- What do you wish your teacher would have done differently today?
- What would you like to forget about from today?
- What would you like to be learning more about?
- Which topics do you wish you didn’t have to learn about at all?
- Did you get or give any compliments today?
- Who got in trouble today?
- What do you think I’d like best about your teacher?
- Which kid at school would you like to get to know better?
- Which color crayon or marker did you use the most today?
- Did you get to spend time with the class pet today? If not, what did you do instead?
- What was the hardest part of your day?
Once your child starts talking, follow up with questions to keep the conversation going such as:
- Oh, really?
- Tell me more.
- Then what happened?
- Why was that?
- What else?
- How’d that make you feel?
See how long you can keep the conversation going rather than stopping it with judgments or opinions, or letting them stop it with one-word answers.
Give it a try and let us know which of the 29 questions really got your child talking after school! We’d love to know.
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