So school is out, and we get into the car. Both of us tired from a long day and hungry, which is a lethal combination. Lyric want the radio on, so I turn it to her favorite station because I don't have a preference today and we listen to the music on our way home.
But I want to know how her day went. So I think of which question to ask her today. I know better than the generic "how was your day?" which will indefinitly be followed with a "fine."
This is the automated response in all children's head when they hear this question...I am almost sure of it. My parents hated when I just said "fine". What is that even asking. Children don't even know how to answer that. So how was your day? "Well it was very emotional when sally took my pencil so part of it was bad. but we had hamburgers at lunch so part of it was good." No? I didn't think so. Maybe it works with your talkative children, but mine isn't much of a chatterbox.
If you are in the same boat as I, try these questions instead! They strike up the conversation you are really wanting to have.
1. What was the best part of your day?
2. What's the funniest thing that happen in class?
3. What was the worst part of the day?
4. How many pictures did you draw during freetime?
5. If I were your teacher tomorrow, what would you want me to teach?
6. What are you excited about for tomorrow?
7. What is this year like compared to last year?
8. What is something wonderful that happened today that you wish would happen every day?
9. Who,in your class, would you like to trade seats with and why?
10. Who do you want to be better friends with and why?
11. Did anything happen today that made you proud of yourself?
12. If an alien spaceship came into your classroom and abducted one student, who would you want it to be and why? (they will probably say the teacher...just a heads up)
These questions have made for some pretty interesting and fun rides home for us! Your child will have an answer and you will get what you wanted.
What are some other questions you ask your child instead? Share with us so we can try.
Just a girl trying not to suck at life and attempting to help other moms.
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