5 Questions to ask your kids after school, instead of "How was your day?"
Have you ever picked up your kid from school and asked them, "How was your day?" and they responded with a one-word answer such as "Good," "Fine," or "OK"? This all too common interaction can be disheartening because, as a parent, you genuinely want to know what your child during the 6 or more hours you were part. Let's be honest, not every day can be fine. There are probably some days that weren't so great that don't get processed or some days that your child had an awesome day and don't recall everything.
I recently read a terrific article from a nurse in Brooklyn who was tired of getting the same old responses from her kids after asking how their day was.....she always got 'fine', or 'good', or 'blah'.
Here are some recommendations to start asking better questions and encourage more conversations about their day.
What made you smile today?
Who did you sit next to at lunch?
Did you see any acts of kindness today? If so, what were they?
Did you see any acts of people being unkind, and if so, what did that look like?
What part of the day made you super happy?
Happy conversations everyone!