I don’t know about you, but when I ask my kids how their day was at school, I get “fine” or “good,” and that’s the end of the conversation. School days can be long and tiring for them, so understandably, they might not be talkative in the afternoons.
I pick up my kids from school, so it became essential for me to be more intentional with our conversations on the drive home. I wanted more than just “good” or “fine,” and that’s when I started asking them more open-ended questions. Here are 30 after school conversation starters to try with your kids.
- What made you smile today?
- Who did you sit with during lunch?
- Who did you play with today?
- What was your favourite subject at school today?
- What did you learn at school today?
- Did anything funny happen today?
- Who are you looking forward to seeing at school tomorrow and why?
- Who was kind to you today?
- What was the most exciting thing that happened today?
- What do you wish you could do more of at school?
- What’s your least favourite subject?
- What games did you play during your break?
- Who’s your favourite teacher, and why?
- How were you helpful today?
- Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday?
- What challenged you today?
- Rate your day from 1 to 10, and why?
- What was your low today?
- If you could change one thing about your day what would it be?
- Did you learn any new songs in class?
- How did you make yourself proud today?
- If you had to create your own school, what would it look like and what would happen there?
- Who’s the funniest person in your class?
- If you could get rid of one school rule, what would it be and why?
- Which part of school do you enjoy the most beside break time?
- What do you like the most about your school?
- What’s the one thing you like the least about your school?
- What are some of the names of the new kids in your grade?
- Who would you not want to sit next to in class, and why?
- How would you describe yourself in five words?
Those are 30 after school conversation starters that you can use to avoid one-word answers from your kids. This is a special time, use it to connect with your them. What are some of the conversation starters that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below.
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