Here’s what to ask kids to really hear about their day
Have you ever asked your kids how their day went, to get a “I don’t know”, “okay” or just a shrug?
This fairy tale is as old as the world.
But one parenting expert and mother of two shared the questions she asks her kids to actually get some facts from them.
Sharing the video on Instagram, Kirsty Ketley, 42, said: “Does your child always tell you that he can’t remember what he did at school today, or is he just saying, ‘I don’t know’?
‘Disappointing, isn’t it?
“So here are 10 things to ask them instead of ‘how was your day’ that are guaranteed to guarantee you can get some information out of them.”
10 questions to ask your child about the school day and get the right answer
- Who is in trouble today? Kirsty said, “Because especially the younger kids love to snitch on their friends!”
- What made you smile today?
- What made you laugh today?
- What upset you today?
- Who did you sit next to during lunch?
- Who made your teacher smile today?
- Who made your teacher a little angry today?
- Who did you help today?
- Who helped you today?
- Have you learned something that you didn’t know before?
We hope these more focused questions can narrow down what your kids remember about their day to something specific, rather than forcing them to try to sum it up after a long day.
“Years of caring for children taught me how to extract information,” said Kirsty, who offers her services under the name Aunt K.
“Kids are often tired and hungry when they first leave school so I always recommend leaving this for an hour after school to ask any questions so kids can relax and unwind.
“As an adult, I wouldn’t want to be bombarded with questions about work as soon as I walk in the door, so the same goes for kids and school.
“If they have exciting news, they will tell you soon, or if something really bad happened.
“Besides, their teacher will contact you if there is anything too disturbing.
“Meal time can be a good time to learn something, if not bath time, and kids always love to chat before bed.”
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