— And Even Better Questions to Ask Your Kids —
Perhaps they take the bus, or perhaps you’re back to spending the best years of your life waiting in the parking lot pick-up line. Either way, the moment you see them, you’re curious about their day. But for lots of kids, “How was your day?” doesn’t produce the most meaningful responses. Not always because they’re unwilling — sometimes they just need the right question to unearth something.
Here are a few other ideas:
- Who did you have lunch with?
- Did you help anyone today?
- What was the best moment of your day? The worst?
- Did you get to do anything creative?
- What made you laugh today?
- Was there anything difficult?
- Teach me something you learned today.
- What did you notice today that no one else noticed?
- What did you feel good at today?
- Is there anything on your mind you want to talk about?
Another helpful tip is to ask “The Third Question.” Our normal rhythm of conversation tends to be two questions, and then we move on.
- “How was recess?”
- “What did You do?”
You’ll probably get some information, but not much insight. But what if you then asked:
- “What do you like about that?”
Now you’re finding out a little more about their internal world. Or maybe they’ll just put their headphones back on. But hey, you tried! And maybe you’ll get a little further next time.
What are some questions you like to ask?
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