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.

  1. What made you smile today?
  2. Who did you sit with during lunch?
  3. Who did you play with today? 
  4. What was your favourite subject at school today?
  5. What did you learn at school today?
  6. Did anything funny happen today?
  7. Who are you looking forward to seeing at school tomorrow and why?
  8. Who was kind to you today?
  9. What was the most exciting thing that happened today?
  10. What do you wish you could do more of at school?
  11. What’s your least favourite subject?
  12. What games did you play during your break?
  13. Who’s your favourite teacher, and why?
  14. How were you helpful today?
  15. Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday?
  16. What challenged you today?
  17. Rate your day from 1 to 10,  and why?
  18. What was your low today?
  19. If you could change one thing about your day what would it be?
  20. Did you learn any new songs in class?
  21. How did you make yourself proud today?
  22. If you had to create your own school, what would it look like and what would happen there?
  23. Who’s the funniest person in your class?
  24. If you could get rid of one school rule, what would it be and why?
  25. Which part of school do you enjoy the most beside break time?
  26. What do you like the most about your school?
  27. What’s the one thing you like the least about your school?
  28. What are some of the names of the new kids in your grade?
  29. Who would you not want to sit next to in class, and why?
  30. 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.

Love B


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