Say Goodbye to "How Was Your Day?" and Start Asking These Questions Instead

When you ask your kids, “how was your day?,” what is their typical response? Probably something along the lines of… ”fine” or “it was okay.” We know how important that time between after school and bedtime is for family bonding and quality time. Those dinner conversations are sometimes the only moment during the day you have to check in and learn about what’s going on in their lives.

But kids aren’t always jumping at the opportunity to share! That’s why we’ve got some alternative questions that are more likely to spark a real conversation and get them warmed up and ready to chat about some more personal details of their day.


20 Questions to Replace “How Was Your Day?”

  1. What’s your favorite thing to play during recess?

  2. What did you eat for lunch today?

  3. Are there foods that other kids bring that look yummy to you?

  4. Who is your favorite teacher and why?

  5. Have you made any new friends recently?

  6. What subjects do you enjoy? Not enjoy?

  7. Is there anything you have found challenging lately?

  8. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

  9. What is the coolest thing you’ve learned this week?

  10. Have you done something nice for one of your friends recently?

  11. Is there anything at school that you find frustrating?

  12. Did you help your teacher today?

  13. Do your classmates have any talents that you find interesting?

  14. What’s one thing you’d like to learn about this year?

  15. Who in your class is the most similar to you? The least similar? What are their differences?

  16. Are there students in your class with different cultural backgrounds than you?

  17. Has anyone at school had a birthday recently?

  18. If you could make up a new class or subject, what would it be?

  19. Do you get to do anything musical during the day? Or do you get to dance?

  20. How does your teacher handle the situation when someone is misbehaving? How would you handle it if you were the teacher?

Asking your children more open-ended questions with no “right or wrong” answers can help them to think more creatively and critically, as well as broaden their perspective. Not only will you enjoy higher quality conversation and communication, but your kids will feel valued and important.


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