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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Parenting Hack: Talking about your children's day.

20 Questions you can ask to find out about your child's day.

Times have been difficult lately, haven't they? As parents, we certainly haven't experienced the 2020 we all expected, but that is true for our children, too. Many have been out of school for a very long time and so it is only natural for them to feel anxious about returning. Equally, as parents we want to protect our children and ensure they are happy and healthy - not just physically, but mentally, too. 

Arlo is (thankfully) much to young to worry about this yet however, as a teacher, it is a question I get asked so often by parents, I felt the need to address it directly here. 

Has your child ever climbed into the car or walked into the house after a long day at school, you ask them how their day was and they simply grunt back or call 'fine!' before racing upstairs to their room? It is something parents up and down the country deal with every day! 

So, to helpfully easy some of those back-to-school worries for both parents and children, I have compiled a list of questions you can ask your child which will hopefully engage them in further conversation. This will undoubtedly help you to find out how they are coping with their return to school life and share more effectively in their everyday experiences. 

Remember: the goal is to ask open ended questions. Here are some examples:
  1. What was your favourite lesson today? Why?
  2. Who was your favourite teacher? What do you like about him/her?
  3. What was the best thing that happened today? 
  4. What was the worst thing that happened? 
  5. Tell me what you know now that you didn't know when you left the house this morning.
  6. Which lesson did you find the most challenging? 
  7. Which lesson did you find the most rewarding?
  8. Which lesson did you find the most engaging?
  9. What equipment/technology did you use today? 
  10. Who did you sit with at lunch? 
  11. Tell me the funniest thing you heard today. 
  12. Tell me the saddest thing you heard today. 
  13. What was today's assembly/class story about? 
  14. If you could drop any of your lessons, which one would you lose and why? 
  15. If you could do more of any lesson, which one would you choose and why?
  16. How did you feel at the start of the day? 
  17. How did you feel at the end of the day?  
  18. What are you most looking forward to doing tomorrow? 
  19. What are you not looking forward to doing tomorrow? 
  20. What topic do you need support with? 

There you have it! This is by no means a comprehensive list. Instead, it is a guide to get you going and hopefully steer you on the right path to some truly meaningful conversations. The key is using questions which are broad and cannot be answered by a 'yes' or 'no'. 

Let me know how you got on by dropping me a comment in the comments box below. 

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