Wish your kids would open up more about what goes on in school each day? Maybe you aren't asking the right questions. Your kids might have had the most amazing day — or the most troubling day — of the school year, but without the right prompting, you may never know. 

 

It seems no matter what kind of day my kids have had, they always respond to my "how was your day?" line of questioning with nods or one-word responses. But when I get creative with the questions, I have much better luck in finding out exactly what's going on at school.  

 

Here are 10 questions you can ask to help your kids open up about their school day:

 

  1. Who sits next to you in class?
  2. Are there any new kids in your class?
  3. Who did you play with at recess today?
  4. Who is your favorite teacher?
  5. If you could change anything about your class, what would it be?
  6. Who sat next to you at lunch today?
  7. What was the funniest thing that happened to you today?
  8. What was your least favorite thing that happened today?
  9. What are you looking forward to most about tomorrow at school?
  10. If you could change anything about your whole school, what would it be?
Do you have any questions to add that will get kids talking about their day?

 

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