How to Get Your Kids to Talk About Their Day


15 questions to ask your kids instead of how was your day?

“How was your day?”

My kids seem to be so annoyed when I meet them after school wanting to know how their day went. They look so happy when I peek into their classroom before pick up. Yet, in the car on the way home, I get nothing of their classroom joy. Instead, I hear, “Fine.” “Good.”  

So, my husband and I have gotten creative with asking them about their day.  And usually, and eventually, we will get the scoop. Here are some “other” questions that might help crack them!

  1. What was the funniest thing that happened today? 
  2. Teach me something you learned today?
  3. Did you go outside? 
  4. Who did you sit next to at snack time or lunch?
  5. What were you proud of today? 
  6. Did anything at school make you sad?
  7. What was your favorite part of the day? 
  8. How did you show kindness today?
  9. What was your least favorite part of the day?
  10. What book did your teacher read today?
  11. Did you build anything?
  12. Did you make something? 
  13. Did you play a game?
  14. Who did you play with today?
  15. What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  16. Who did you say “thank you” to today? 

Peppering in a few of these questions each day will likely spark something and usually start a conversation. You may not get the whole picture, but at least you will get a glimpse into their time away from you. And if they aren’t super chatty right after pick up, don’t worry. Dinner time is another great time to try. 

Good luck, mamas!



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