Certainly, your son started school and was extremely excited about it. When it is time to meet his bus on the return trip, you ask the famous question “How was your day?” and you get a “Good” as a response. That’s it! Because you have a teen who also requires you to pull teeth to get some intel on his day at school loop, so you have to get creative.
13. What was different about today?
You can have an extremely weird answer about giants and spiders but don’t panic. This isn’t a quiz. There’s no right or wrong answer. We’re just showing them we’re interested in their life.
12. How do you feel about going to school tomorrow?
Be prepared for the good or the bad with this question. Remember: This isn’t an opportunity to lecture. Put on your listening hat and continue the conversation with more questions about the why.
11. What was your favorite thing about school?
This question can certainly fall into the one-word answer category, but not all the time. Don’t accept “lunch” as an answer. Ask why. Is it lunch because your plate is that delicious, or is it lunch because his classes are stressful?
10. Tell me about the rules in class.
There are so many transitional grades in school loop. There’s even quite the variation in rules from class to class for older kids with varied schedules. Rules can feel overwhelming for many kids. If there’s a way to clear up any confusion or to explain why some rules are important, asking this question benefits everyone in the long run.
9. What made you frustrated today?
This is one question where it’s ok to just listen to the answer. If there’s an opportunity to offer some parental advice without preaching, take it. However, an empathetic ear is often all you need.
8. What did you learn for the first time?
To guarantee the education quality of your kid, you should hear the two sides; Teachers program and your son learnings. Asking this simple question is a no-pressure way to be on the same page with your child’s educational team.
7. What did your teacher tell you today?
It’s so open-ended that the answers are seemingly endless. We don’t know our kids through their teachers’ eyes, so it can be surprising to find out your quiet child was asked to stop talking.
6. What did you do to be nice today?
Let them know that you place as much emphasis on being a good person as you do on being a good student just by asking this. Like the previous question, this question can turn into a conversation about what it means to be kind. Give age-appropriate examples of kindness (sharing, smiling, saying nice things, helping).
5. Who was kind to you today?
Yes, kids are still kind to each other. Help them remember that. With little ones, spend some time talking about what it looks like when someone is kind. It’s still cool to be kind, so impress that upon your middle schoolers and high schoolers as well.
4. Who is your favorite friend at school? Why?
You can be surprised to find out that, by asking this question, your son can already have a best friend after the first day of school loop. and asking this often is one of the best ways to stay on top of who the new friend or clique is.
3. What games did you play?
This will lead you to get to know your kids’ favorite sports or activities and also stand out his spirit of competition when playing in teams with other kids which is very important socially.
2. Did you help anyone today? How?
This question is hit or miss, but when it misses, there’s still an opportunity to talk to your child about what it means to help. Maybe they didn’t help someone that day, but the next time they have an opportunity to, they’ll remember this and have something to talk about that night.
1. What made you smile today?
This question works wonders for a preschooler. It can help you discover the things that make your child happy in school and which are not.
Give us feedback if you try these questions with your kids and answers you got from them!
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