Friday, December 9, 2016

Often times when trying to make a connection with their children, parents ask, "How was school today?" While this may seem like a harmless question, it often ignites the response, "Fine." with no follow up. This frustrating interaction on a daily basis can leave parents lost and questioning how to connect with their children on a deeper level. Instead of asking "How was school today?", try these other conversation starters:

  • Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning.
  • Tell me about a moment in class when you felt confused.
  • Think about what you learned and did in school today. What’s something you’d like to know more about? What’s a question you have that came from your learning today?
  • Were there any moments today when you felt worried? When you felt scared?
  • Were there any times today when you felt disrespected by anyone? Tell me about those moments.
  • Were there times today when you felt that one of your classmates demonstrated care for you?
  • Were there any moments today when you felt proud of yourself?
  • Tell me about a conversation you had with a classmate or friend that you enjoyed.
  • What was challenging about your day?
  • What do you appreciate about your day?
  • What did you learn about yourself today? 
  • Is there anything that you’d like to talk about that I might be able to help you figure out?
  • Is there anything you’re worried about?
  • What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  • Is there a question you wish I’d ask you about your day?

Engaging your child in a thought provoking way will not only lead to a more enriched conversation, but may inspire them to be more mindful throughout their days at school. 

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