Remember those days when your children were in kindergarten? How they ran into your arms and started narrating their entire day, not missing even a single detail? Telling you about everything they learned and experienced was their number one priority.
Sadly, times change and children grow up very quickly. Their enthusiasm to update you about every single second fades away. Even if you ask them how their day was, you are likely to get one-worded responses. This isn’t healthy.
Our kids spend at least 8 hours at school and they learn many new things, go through many experiences, and discover multiple emotions. During this process, they grow emotionally, intellectually, and physically. We must be a part of this growth to understand our kids and to be there for them when they need us regardless of whether they explicitly ask for our help.
Oh, don’t worry yet, because we have the perfect solution! There are many different ways to ask your child how his/her day was that would actually create an impact and coax him/her into expressing. We have enlisted a few for you here.
What made you smile today?
What was the hardest thing about today?
Who did you sit with during lunch?
Did you learn any new words today?
Did anyone crack a funny joke?
Is math (or any other subject) too hard?
Did anyone do something nice for you today?
Did you do something nice for anyone today?
Who did you play with during recess?
What was the best thing about today?
Can you show me what you learned in Science (or any other subject) today?
Which is the one school rule you don’t like? Why do you think it isn’t fair?
Where is the coolest place in your school?
When were you bored during the day?
Who is the funniest person in your class?
Which word does your English (or any other subject) teacher repeat most often?
Is there anyone in your class who misbehaves?
If you could start today again, what would you not do this time?
Did you visit the library today?
Who made you sad in class today?
Did you break any rule today?
How do you show people that you care about them?
What worries you the most?
What makes you feel brave?
Did anything irritate you today?
If you could be a teacher tomorrow, which teacher would you be?
Will you do one thing tomorrow to make someone happy? What will you do?
Of course, it goes without saying that we can’t bombard our kids with all these questions in one shot! Choose questions carefully depending on the day, situation, and your intuition.
Do you ask any questions that are not on this list? Would you like us to add a few more? Please feel free to Comment!