How to get your children to (really!) talk about their school day
by Chantal Bufe
I used to say that I miss my kids while they are in school (and I meant it). Now, after almost a year of homeschooling, not so much.
But the time will come when school will resume and when I will want to know how they are doing.
I used to love pick-up time, eager to see my little one's faces and to hear all about their day, even trying to make my answers so that a yes or no reply is impossible:
- what was the funniest thing that happened today?
- what was the most helpful thing you did for someone else?
- who made you smile today?
- what challenged you today?
- what would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? And why?
- if you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
- if the school were a ride at the fair, which ride would you be? Why?
- tell me something you learned about a friend today.
- when did you feel most proud of yourself today?
- what is one thing you hope to know before the school year is over?
I tried these questions with my children, but didn't get anywhere. My children's answers remained just as short, were not informative or helpful in any way.
So, I tried it with a game: you ask your kids to share four facts about their day, but one out of the four of these questions has to be a lie. And the parent has to guess which one.
It really works like a charm and (pre-Covid) my children shared more information about their school day than ever before. I found out what they do, who they hang out with, which classes they like and dislike, who their favourite teacher is. And yes, I finally also know what each of my children had for lunch.