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20 Questions To Ask Your Kids After School Besides How Was Your Day

20 Questions To Ask Your Kids After School Besides How Was Your Day

When I was a stay-at-home mom, I babysat a brother and sister for a few hours after school. They would get off the bus and walk up our long driveway, talking at the same time about their day. By the time their mom arrived several hours later, she would ask, “How was your day?” and they would reply, “Good.” Then they moved on to, “I’m hungry” or “Can we go shopping?” or some other comment or question. All the normal questions to ask your kids after school. No way were these kids being rude, but it was obvious they were finished talking about the school day and were ready to move on to something else.

Fast forward ten years later with my own kids. I would pick them up from school each day, ask how their day was, and would get the typical answer of “good” or “boring.” I would have to work really hard to get them to say much more.

I decided I needed to be a little more strategic in my questions so I could better enter into my child’s school life.

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20 Questions To Ask Your Kids After School

Here is a list of 20 questions to ask your kids after school to help us get beyond the “good” and “boring” answer to the question, “How was your day?”

Below is a list of 20 questions to ask your kids after school that will help us get beyond the “good” and “boring” answer to the question, “How was your day?”

  1. What did you have for lunch?
  2. Whom did you sit with at lunch?
  3. Who told a funny joke today? What was it?
  4. Who gave the best presentation in your class?
  5. Who gave the worst presentation?
  6. Which of your teachers was the kindest today?… Happiest?… Grumpiest?
  7. What book did you get from the library?
  8. Who was a super-hero today (who helped someone)?
  9. Whom did you make laugh?
  10. Whom did you help today?
  11. Did anyone get into trouble today? What did this person do? (Your child may not give a name, but might explain the situation). What do you think about this situation?
  12. When were you bored today? If you were the teacher, how might you make the topic more interesting?
  13. What is something new you learned—that you didn’t know this morning or yesterday?
  14. Why do you think your teacher wants you to learn (a specific topic or subject)?
  15. If you could see into the future, how do you see yourself using this (math, English) skill?
  16. Would you like to go to (state or country) some day, based on what you’re learning in geography (or social studies)? Why/why not?
  17. Would you like to go back in time (to the place in history your child is learning about), how do you see yourself living/being/doing during that time?
  18. What were the clothes like during this time in history? Do you think you would like to wear these types of clothes?
  19. If you could invent a P.E. activity, what would you do that would include everyone?
  20. Did anyone have a birthday today? How was it celebrated?
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I have learned one of the most important qualities that goes along with asking questions is waiting for the answer, and then building on the answer. Doing so requires me to slow down my own brain. Instead of thinking about what we are having for dinner or what’s next on the agenda, I have to listen to the answer. Then, it’s always nice to have an empathetic comment (“I can see how that could be hilarious!”) or even another question (“How did that make you feel?”).

Every now and again that extra effort will pay off. I remember a few of those conversation starters with my kids turned into longer, life-pondering moments that they reference today now that they’re adults.

Oh, one bonus question: Ask your child, “What would you like to know about my day today?” They enjoy being in control of the conversation for awhile!

Here is a list of 20 questions to ask your kids after school to help us get beyond the “good” and “boring” answer to the question, “How was your day?”

Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley, mom of two adult children, cares deeply about parenting issues. Although she’s looking in the rearview mirror of her hands-on parenting days, once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent. She enjoys sharing a few memories and a touch of advice about spending energy on the things that matter. Tammy has a BA in English from Anderson University (IN) and a MS in Education from IUPUI.