Get Them Gabbing - 08/29/14
No one can bring me to my journalistic knees begging for answers better than my own kids. I make a living asking questions, but for the life of me... there are days when I can't get a specific peep about their school day to save my life.
I know as a journalist "yes or no" questions get you nowhere. So, I don't ask those. I ask open ended questions, but I still get one word answers minus any semblance of detail. The conversation goes something like this.... Me: "How was school?" Kid: "Fine." Me: "What did you do today?" Kid: "Nothing."
Now, later on when we're on to something else, they'll suddenly open up with something interesting, exciting or challenging that happened. But, rarely do they share when I initially ask. I'm glad to know there are plenty of other parents who experience the same thing. So many in fact, that there are articles about this online, blogs, even tips and low and behold sample questions to get your child gabbing.
One such resource is this: So How Was School
I tried this tonight at dinner with my kids. I love so many of these questions. They're quirky, written in kid type language and really turned my little ones into chatter boxes. I love number 12. "If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?" Also, #23 "Is there anyone in your class who needs a time out?" And #'s 7 & 8 respectively. "How did you help somebody today?" "How did somebody help you?"
Talk about great conversation starters.... these questions... all 25 of them.... will get you more juicy answers, more insight into what's really going on 7 hours a day, and help your child unload anything that may be weighing him/her down.
I hope you enjoy this resource in your quest to keep the lines of communication wide open in this parenting journey.