On a daily basis we’ve all been asked the—quite honestly—boring question, “How was your day?” by family, friends and coworkers. As we grow up, the tendency to put less thought into our answer becomes more common. We walk in the door and sluggishly take off our jacket and shoes, while absentmindedly replying, “It was okay,” without elaborating.
What happens when you’re on the other side of this? When we finally become parents and send our kids off on their own, asking questions like these are important to staying close, and continuing to be in the know of what’s going on in their school or work lives away from you.
Here are twenty questions that you can ask as a parent, whether it be in the car or at the dinner table, that might get more out of them! My main advice would be to try and avoid questions that require a yes or no answer.
1. What are three words to describe how your day was?
2. How was your day better or worse than yesterday?
3. Who did you spend time with today and what was your favourite moment?
4. What did you learn today that you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy?
5. What tasks at work did you prefer doing over others today?
6. What did your teacher discuss today that has stuck with you?
7. What did you eat for lunch?
8. What did you do at recess (or on your break)?
9. Who got on your nerves today and what happened?
10. Who made you upset today and what happened?
11. What is one of your teacher’s rules that you have trouble following?
12. How does your teacher discipline the class?
13. Who stood out to you today?
14. What was one challenge you experienced today?
15. If you could teach any subject, what would it be?
16. If you had any job, what would it be?
17. What made you feel proud of yourself today?
18. What were other kids having for lunch that you would like to have?
19. What kinds of clothing were others wearing that you liked?
20. What was one kind gesture you saw or did today for someone?
We hope that some of these questions help you and your family. It’s time to get talking!