After our oldest son, Hayden, comes home from school, I ask him how his day was.

Most days, the response is a perfunctory, “Good.”

If pressed for more information, he will often respond, that he can’t remember anything.

It’s very frustrating for Karen and I as we have a genuine interest in our kids’ lives and want to be involved in their world.

I’ve laughed about this with other parents (especially of boys), who relay their similar experiences, so you can imagine my delight when our school newsletter came through with 10 great questions that are designed to start slightly more interesting conversations with our children.  These questions originally come from the excellent and helpful site, blogs.kidspot.com.au/villagevoices and you can be sure that I’ll be trying them out over the next few weeks:

  1. What was the funniest thing you heard all day?
  2. What was your favourite thing to happen today?
  3. Did your teacher laugh today? What happened?
  4. What lesson was most interesting?
  5. Was anyone away today? Did that make the day different?
  6. What was something new you learnt today?
  7. What happened today that you wish didn’t happen?
  8. What did you enjoy most for lunch today?
  9. Did anyone do something nice for you today?
  10. Did you do something nice back? What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

I’m sure that we’ll still get the occasional shrug of the shoulders, but hopefully, we can get more out of him in the coming weeks.

Do you have a great question that you ask your kids after their day at school?

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