20 Questions to Ask Your Kids Instead of “How Was Your Day?”

A few days ago, I found out that my daughter had cried at the playground at school. I was surprised (actually really shocked) that my daughter hadn't told me. We had talked about her day that day and not once did she mention anything out of the ordinary. I couldn't believe that she didn't tell me and it made me realize something important:

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Just asking our kids, “How was your day?” doesn't always cut it. As I saw, the cliched “how was your day” doesn't really give us a good look at our kids' day or the details that, as parents, we crave and need. 

If you're not sure how to get beyond “how was your day?” here are a few questions to ask instead. The beauty of these questions are that you can try them anywhere — at school pick-up in the car, on the way to practice, at the dinner table, or even during “pillow talk” at bedtime. Give `em a try and report back how they work!

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Some questions you might ask:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the worst part of your day?
  3. What was something you were proud of today?
  4. What kind thing did you do today?
  5. Did anyone hurt your feelings today?
  6. Who could we pray for/think of today?
  7. What do you wish you could change about your day?
  8. What is one new thing that you learned today?
  9. Who was a really good friend today?
  10. What is your favorite toy right now?
  11. What is your favorite thing to read right now?
  12. What's something new you wish you could try?
  13. What's the funniest thing that happened today?
  14. Who was a really good friend today?
  15. Can you tell me a funny joke?
  16. What do you wish we could do as a family?
  17. What superpower do you wish you had today?
  18. What was super duper annoying to you today?
  19. Did you have any weird dreams last night?
  20. What is your favorite thing to do right now? 

Have fun talking with your child/children!

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20 Questions to Ask Your Kids Instead of “How Was Your Day?”

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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