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Have you been asking your child everyday “how was school?” and getting the response “good” or “can’t remember”?

Here are ten great questions to ask your child which will get them talking and give you more insight into their day.

  1. What was the best and worst part of your day?
  2. What did you do in Science today (art, music etc.)?
  3. What subject did you enjoy the most today? Why?
  4. Who made you smile today?
  5. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  6. Did you find anything hard today?
  7. What games did you play at lunch/recess?
  8. What did you learn today?
  9. What’s the nicest thing you did for someone today?
  10. What are looking forward to tomorrow?

All of these questions are great conversation starters to help give you more information about your child’s day. Don’t ask every question everyday, just pick one or two and make sure you lead by example and get them to ask you questions too.

A cute little way to get the family involved is to place all of the above questions into a box and ask everyone to pick one or two at dinner time, they then get to share the answer with everyone.

How do you get your kids sharing? Any tips? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • Great suggestions here for getting kids to open up. I would be interested to know if they actually work in practice though

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  • Oh yes, I remember those conversations well! I wish this list was available to me back then. I just wanted to know how they were doing, if they were struggling, but it was so hard to get a good answer

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  • Such a good list I am always lost when asking questions and my son used to answer everything with the answer nothing but now that he is a little bit older he is interested in answering questions and conversations these questions will help greatly

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  • These are great questions to stop the yes/no answers!

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  • We used to have question time at tea time around the family table – all the kids could ask a question which I would honestly answer and then they would answer my questions [hopefully honestly]. It was a great time to get to know each other and to bond.

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  • Great questions to ask, I usually ask the same boring ones but now I’ll have more to add.

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  • These are great questions. I also ask who they played with that day. Open ended questions are more likely to get more detailed answers.

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  • my son is in prep this year and as with all of my kids I ask them what their favourite thing was that day, my preppy loves it and chats non stop all the way home

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  • We always chat on the way home in the car and I make sure to get at least a small amount of info out of them but there is a couple of good questions there I have not tried yet.

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  • I love this concept, I’ve actually made a few cards up like you get from board games of just random questions or tasks to do as part of our dinner routine, always a fun experience. Might get a dare – do a funny face, might get a truth- tell us your favourite teacher etc (kid appropriate), might get a question relating to our day – what was your favourite part of your day, might get a card to tell a joke etc etc and it really brings the family together on the nights we can eat as a family. Having so many after school activities I think it’s important to interact as a family when we can.

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  • Love this!! Some simple questions but sometimes we just forget basics

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  • I love this article. I didn’t grow up with family meal times, where as my husband did. When we had children we decided dinners together were a must.

    Now we sit at the table as a family, and discuss our days. We use several of the suggestions, including who did you play with and what did you play. It enables us to follow wht their interests are, how they’re going socially at school and of course noticing any changes alerting us to any concerns.

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  • will write a few of these down as I tend to fall into the same questions on the way home from school.

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  • These are the types of things I discuss with my daughter on the way home from school. I get a lot of I don’t know or I can’t remember !!!

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  • This list is great. I don’t get much out of DS5 on his is days was. I get I don’t know or I can’t remember.

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