How to get your kids to open up about their school day
How many times have you asked your child after school, “how was your day” and their response is always the same – fine, good, but nothing more! So you try to dig a little deeper, asking what they learnt…and you get the response “nothing”. You are led to believe that for 8 hours your child has been in school and learned nothing?
Change the way you ask the questions! Asking open-ended questions as opposed to interrogation) minded is much more likely to get the words flowing. Need a place to begin? Try these:
- Tell me something that happened today, that wasn’t so good.
- Now tell me the best thing that happened today.
- Did anyone say something funny or tell a good joke?
- Which friends did you play with at recess today?
- If your child takes an art class ask them what they are working on right now.
- Tell me something kind that you did for someone today.
- Tell me something kind that someone else did for you.
- If you could have one subject all day, what would it be?
- If you and your teacher were body-swapped, what’s the first thing you would do?
- If you could switch classroom jobs with someone this week, who would it be?
- If you could pick what you learned in social studies what would you pick? Math? Science? Reading?
- If you could interview the principal, what would you ask her?
You may find that as your kids get older you may have to work harder to get them to open up about their day.
Be creative in your questions!