I remember asking my 8 year old son Will as he ran out of school ‘How was your day?’ to which he promptly replied ‘fine’ and that was that.
Sometimes he opened up in the bath or at bedtime but I decided to ask him more interesting questions instead to get the conversation going – it became a bit of a game for me to see how creative I could be.
Here’s some ideas to get your kids chatting.
30 Better Questions to Ask Your Child Instead of ‘How Was Your Day?
What was the best thing that happened at school today?
What was the worst thing that happened at school today?
What was the best game you played at play time today ?
Did anyone do anything really nice for you today ? What was it?
What was the nicest thing you did for someone else today?
Tell me something that made you laugh today?
If you could choose, who would you like to sit next to in class?
Who would you NOT want to sit beside class? Why?
What did you learn about yourself today ?
What new fact did you learn today?
What challenged you today?
What did you most enjoy eating for lunch today ?
If I called your teacher tonight, what would they tell me about you?
If one of your classmates could be the teacher tomorrow who would you choose? Why?
If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach everyone in your class?
Who annoyed you today -how did you handle it?
Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not? What could you do tomorrow to enjoy it more ?
What is your teacher’s most important rule?
Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
When were you the happiest today?
When were you bored today?
What is one thing you did today that was helpful to someone else?
When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
What rule was the hardest to obey today?
Did anything surprise you today?
How was today different than yesterday?
What scared you today ?
What made you frustrated today ?
How would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why? What would make it better?