20 Great Questions To Ask Kids After School

We are back with DAY 2 of our back to school series and we are so excited for today’s topic!

20 Questions to Ask Your Kids After School:

Communication is key with children. You simply cannot raise them without it! Sometimes we can find ourselves going through the motions because at times, kids hate communicating and it is too much of an effort to pry things out of them. Because of this, I decided that for Day 2 of our series, we could focus on good questions to ask after school so your kids will open up and learn to communicate openly!

As a reminder, here are the other posts in this Back to School series!

 

Going Beyond “How was your day?”

Parent: “How was your day?”
Child: “Fine”.
Parent: “What did you do today?”
Child: “I dunno…”

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone! I’ve surprisingly gotten this response from my kidlets quite a bit. Obviously they didn’t just do “nothing” at school all day…  as a parent, I feel it is my duty to take a special interest in my child’s day. I think it’s important to be involved, show that we care, ask questions and look for opportunities to teach whenever we can.

Making this extra effort also helps stay tuned in to any problems that need to be addressed such as questionable behavior or issues that may be arising between friends . What parents need to be aware of is that at times, their kids will need advice. If they are not talking to you daily OR used to opening up to you, they will go to their friends instead of you when seeking advice. There are some things that parents know that our children’s friends don’t know! You want them coming to you for advice rather than someone who doesn’t see the big picture yet. Because to be honest, we always want what is best for our kids and will never give them advice that would end up being bad for them!

Sometimes it’s easy to get into a natural routine of simply asking “How was your day?” and nothing more. This has been the case for us lately so I decided to come up with a list of new and specific questions to get the kids talking and hopefully spark some fun conversations!

20 Great Questions To Ask Kids After School:

  1. What was your favorite part of your day?
  2. Who did you play with at recess?
  3. Did you raise your hand in class today?
  4. Who did you sit next to at lunch? What did you eat?
  5. Did you learn something new today? Can you tell me about it so I can learn too?
  6. Were you able to finish all of your work today?
  7. Who is the friendliest person in your class?
  8. Did you make any new friends?
  9. Does anyone in your class need a time out? Why?
  10. What kinds of things do you have in your desk right now?
  11. Was there anything that made you sad today?
  12. Do you have any homework that I can help you with?
  13. What are you looking forward to at school tomorrow?
  14. Tell me about something kind you did for someone today. Did someone do something nice for you?
  15. What did you do in P.E./music/library today?
  16. Did you do anything you that you don’t enjoy today? Why don’t you like it?
  17. Who is someone at school that could use a friend?
  18. Is there anything you heard at school today that you don’t understand?
  19. What are you learning about in class tomorrow?
  20. Tell me something that made you laugh today?

Click here to get this list in a printable form to hang on your fridge for quick access!

It’s important to talk to your kids about school. Here’s why…

Kids learn, grow and develop differently and at different rates. Getting to know more about your child’s school day will not only make them feel important, but it will provide you as a parent with information that you may otherwise miss out on. It is so important to talk with your child each day so you never loose touch of who they are! As a parent, sometimes we can believe that everyone thinks like us! When your child makes a bad choice, we often say, “what were you thinking?!” The majority of the time they were actually thinking, but they didn’t think their choices all the way through.

By always communicating with your child, they will know that each day and night when they come home, they will have to talk to mom and dad…that will cross their minds before they make a not so great choice. Kids don’t want to let their parents down. The better your relationship is with your children, the more likely they will be to come to you in hard times or before tough decisions.

Specific conversations with kids may clue you in to any behavioral problems, possible developmental concerns or any social/academic issues that need your attention. It opens opportunities for you to connect and bond. You can definitely go beyond the sample questions we have listed here and come up with some great ones of your own. A variety of social, academic and open-ended questions is great way to keep things well rounded and fun!

Do you have any other great questions for kids after school? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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