Have you ever asked your kiddo “how was your day” after school and get the same couple answers….”I don’t know,” “good,” or “I don’t remember.” We truly want to connect and know how their day was….they’ve just spent the last 6 or so hours away from us, yet the conversation just doesn’t seem to flow.
It may not necessarily be that they don’t know or don’t remember…but may need a few more prompts in order to recall those small nuggets of time throughout the day. As parents, with a few intention shifts we can create meaningful conversations and connect with our kiddos who have been away for the day.
What is something that made you laugh today?
What is something that surprised you today?
Did anything today make you sad or upset?
Was there anything you did nice for someone today or someone did for you?
Who did you sit with at lunch today?
Is there anything you are looking forward to at school the rest of this week?
What books did you read at school today?
Do you want to draw a picture of your favorite thing at school today?
What games did you play at recess? With who?
What are you thankful for today?
I don’t know about you, but I really want to raise my kids to be able to communicate with me beyond “fine” or “good.” I want them to know I’m a sounding board and someone they can trust with all the emotions and upsets of life. And it starts when they are little. I want to open the lines of communication with my kiddos now, while they are 6 and 4.
Do you have a favorite question you ask your kiddos when they get home?