By Michelle Rodriguez, Groove Contributor
Have you ever asked your child, "So, how was school today?" and he/she replies with "It was okay." Is this type of conversation routine? If so, you're not alone, but there are ways to turn a repetitive conversation into a meaningful one. Instead of asking "How was school today?", try one of these twenty thoughtful questions to connect with your child:
1. What was the best part of your day? (Worst part?)
2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
3. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?
4. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.
5. Where do you play the most at recess?
6. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
7. What was your favorite part of lunch?
8. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
9. Which topics do you wish you didn’t have to learn about at all?
10. Were you able to help anyone today?
11. Do you wish your teacher would have done differently today?
12. Did you get or give any compliments today?
13. What's one thing you would have changed about today?
14. What was the most challenging part of your day?
15. What do you think I’d like best about your teacher?
16. Is there anyone at school you want to know better?
17. Do you ever daydream in class?
18. Is your teacher teaching you something you don't understand?
19. Is there anyone at school who needs a friend?
20. Who is your best friend at school?
Try one of these questions to shake things up in the car ride home or at the dinner table to spark an engaging conversation! Once you try it out, let us know what kind of response you got!
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