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 enriching conversation but may inspire them to be more mindful throughout their days at school. 

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Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer