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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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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