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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FIRST FAMILY-HIKE

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- It was a family spring outing. But in this case it's the first family. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha took a walk in the woods yesterday. They hiked along trails just outside Washington at Great Falls Park in Virginia. The president greeted two eager kids. He also took a selfie with an onlooker before starting along the woody trail. The 50-minute trek ended as a light drizzle began.

LESTER'S GLOVE

CHICAGO (AP) -- It was a throw to first -- and not just the ball. Cubs Pitcher Jon Lester fielded a ball that was hit back to him. But the ball got stuck in the webbing of his glove. When he couldn't get it loose, he flipped his glove underhanded to first basemen Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo dropped his own glove and caught Lester's mitt, ball and all for the out. But the Cubs went on to lose to the San Diego Padres yesterday 5-2.

UNIVERSITY-FRESH FOOD

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Burgers made with grass-fed beef and topped with local cheese. That's what could be on the menu soon for University of Utah students. The school is committed to spending more on fresh, locally produced food. The move comes after students asked for more sustainable menus. University President David Pershing has signed the Real Food Challenge, making a commitment to spend 20 percent of the school's food budget on so-called real food over the next five years.

ANTARCTICA HIATUS

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- When Lee Clark moved for a job, it wasn't across town or even across the country. She went to Antarctica. Clark says she applied on a whim for a 911 dispatcher position at the bottom of the world. More than a year later she finally heard back and got the job offer. Clark recently completed her 8-month stint at McMurdo Station. She says Antarctica was so quiet and calm. So, what did she miss? Clark tells the DeKalb Daily Chronicle she couldn't wait to get back to roller derby. She practiced with her roller derby team the day after she returned to Illinois.

 
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