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25 Questions to Ask Your Kid that Aren’t “How Was School?”

Check out 25 Questions to help bridge conversation gaps with your child after school, and avoid the dreaded "how was your day" small talk.

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The school year has begun, which is a great opportunity to start daily conversations and continue to get to know your child.

Obviously, building connections and deep relationships with your children is essential. One of the best ways you can do that as a parent is by being intentional in your investment in their school day. It can be easy and almost robotic to default to questions like, “how was your day?” only for your kid or student to answer, “It was good.”

We want to help bridge that gap by providing 25 questions you could ask your child after school each day! Give it a try and see what thoughtful and deep conversations may come out of it.

For All Ages:

Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.

What were the high and the low moments of the day?

What would you teach the class if you switched places with your teacher tomorrow?

What was the funniest thing that happened today?

Who did you sit with at lunch?

What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

For Kids:

Did your teacher read a book today? What was it about?

What did you hope would happen that didn't?

Who did you hang out with at recess today? What did you play?

What did you have for lunch? Did you like it?

What are you most proud of from today?

What was the hardest rule to follow today?

Was anyone in your class gone today?

Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?

Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?

If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would it be? And why?

For Students:

What was the most interesting thing you learned?

Did anything upset you today?

Do you feel prepared for your ______ test?

What subject in school do you feel you’re totally crushing? Why?

What teacher do you feel you connect with the best? Why do you feel that is?

If you could go to school and take just one subject all day what would it be?

If there was one kid you'd like to be more like, who would it be? Why?

Is there someone you definitely don't want to be like? Why?

What was the craziest thing your teacher or friends said today?

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