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. 

 

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BASE-THANKSGIVING

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Scores of seniors are joining the Air Force -- for Thanksgiving. North Dakota's Minot Air Force Base will be playing host to area senior citizens for Thanksgiving Day. It's a decades old event, with many airmen and civilian employees volunteering to help. Mary Larson is with the local Commission on Aging. She tells the Minot Daily News they're still taking reservations for the holiday dinner. About 200 people attended last Thanksgiving.

CROSS-COUNTRY BIKERS

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Dean and Taryn Hatcher have the mettle to pedal -- cross-country. The father-daughter team covered 4,200 miles, riding their bikes from Washington state to the Florida Keys. They finished yesterday and lifted their bikes above their heads as supporters cheered. The 59-year-old Hatcher and his 20-year-old daughter say they were inspired by reports about the unmet needs of veterans. Along the way, they met with veterans and raised money for the organization Hope For The Warriors.

FORT DRUM-WOOD ENERGY

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- "Wood" you? Could you? The Army can and does. The wood in this case is from trees and is supplying all the electricity used at Fort Drum in northern New York State. It's part of the Pentagon's green energy initiative. A suburban Albany utility company has converted the formerly coal-fired power plant at Fort Drum. Instead of fossil fuels, the generators are fired by wood scraps from the timber industry. Officials say the biomass facility has also created nearly 200 jobs.

COOKBOOK TESTERS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- When it comes to good cooks, frat brothers probably don't rank high on your list. That's why cookbook author Kit Wohl turns to the members of Tulane University's Zeta Psi fraternity. The recipes need to be tested, so who better than kitchen-challenged frat brothers? Wohl's eighth cookbook in her "New Orleans Classic" series is now out. Wohl tells The Times-Picayune if the novice chefs a have problem, she knows the recipe has to be rewritten. Wohl says a couple of her recipe testers have gone on to culinary school.

 
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