Published on August 01, 2018

Chat Session

Mom and daughter talkingConnecting with kids through conversation isn’t always easy. Move beyond “How was your day?” Ask questions that are sure to bring belly laughs, spark creative debate and give fresh perspectives on your favorite people. 

Before you look at the list, think about your own response when someone asks, “How are you?” or “How was your day?” It’s probably along the lines of “Fine,” or “Good.” Every once in a while, something exciting happens, and you have a story to tell. But, for most people, things are usually pretty status quo. Ditto for your kids.

If you want to engage your child in conversation, ask engaging questions. Kids have such creative brains. Out-of-the-ordinary questions give them a chance to show off that creativity, think about life’s bigger picture and stretch their critical thinking skills. Try asking open-ended questions, which require more than a “Yes” or “No” answer. 

School-related

  • If you were the principal, what’s one school rule you would change, and why?
  • Who made you smile today?
  • Who did you make smile today?
  • Is it important to pay attention every minute at school? Why or why not?
  • Would you rather eat your least favorite food or do homework? 

Personal Development

  • What did you do today that made you feel proud?
  • How did you help someone this week?
  • What three words best describe you, and why?
  • When you are sad, how do you make yourself feel better?
  • What challenged you today? How did you handle the challenge? 

Just for Fun

  • If you could create a new holiday, what would it be and how would you celebrate?
  • What’s your idea of a fun day?
  • If you could have any animal for a pet, what would you choose?
  • If you had a robot for one day, what would you do with it?
  • What is your favorite word, and why? 

Here’s a bonus challenge: If you really want to keep the conversation going, craft your own answers to these questions. Tweak the school-related questions for work-related ones. 

Now, go forth and gab!