Want more than shrugs or one-word answers from your kids? Connect with them, nurture trust, and gain insight into their lives with these questions to ask kids about their day!
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The half hour or so after my son comes home from school is one of my favorite parts of the day. I love fixing his snack, going through his bag, and hearing all about his day. His little brother is starting preschool this year, and I’m eager to hear his stories, as well!
I happen to have especially chatty kids who love to fill me in on all the details of their lives. Not only are they all big talkers, but they’re also at an age where they still delight in talking to their mom.
I realize it might not always be this way, so I want to soak it up while they still love to share AND do everything I can to nurture our relationship and communication so that maybe, just maybe, they’ll continue wanting to talk to me in the future.
But even with my Chatty Cathys, asking “How was your day?” usually doesn’t take us much further than, “Fine”, “Good”, or “Kind of good and kind of bad” (a typical answer from my kids). So, I’m always trying to come up with questions that will help me connect to their hearts, gain insight into their lives, participate in their education, and support them in their struggles.
If that’s something you want, as well, try some of my favorite questions to ask my kids about their day.
25 Questions to Ask Kids About Their Day
Need ideas of questions to ask your kids that will elicit more than shrugs or one-word answers? Connect with your kids, nurture trust, and gain insight into their lives with these questions to ask kids about their day.
**Note: You don’t need to ask all of them every day, of course, but pick and choose from this list each day.
- What was the best part of your day?
- What was one good thing that happened today?
- Did anything funny happen?
- What was one challenge/struggle you faced today?
- Did anything make you sad? Angry?
- Who was kind to you? How were you kind to others?
- What made your teacher(s) smile?
- Who did you play with today? What did you do?
- Did you see anyone playing/sitting by themselves?
- What was one thing you learned today?
- What did you read today?
- How did you fill someone’s bucket today?
- What was the hardest thing you did today? How did you feel after doing it?
- How are your friends/classmates doing? Do any of them seem to be having a hard time? How do you think you could help?
- If you could change anything about your day, what would it be?
- When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
- What are you grateful for today?
- What are you looking forward to about tomorrow?
- Is there anything on your mind you’d like to talk about?
Kids go through varying seasons and stages of communicativeness, and some kids naturally talk more than others. But asking questions that are specific enough to give them a starting point while being open-ended enough to encourage further conversation is a great way to encourage connection and communication.
The 25 questions above will help us all as we pursue our kids’ hearts and build lasting relationships with them. Give them a try and then tell me how it goes!
SHARE WITH US: Do you have any great conversation starters to add? Share them with us in the comments!
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