11 Quick Questions to ask Your Kid Instead of, "How was school today?"

Maggie Ferreira

Getting your kids talking after school can be a challenge, especially the older that they get. Does this sound like a typical weekday conversation to you?

Parent/Guardian: “How was school today?’

Child: “Fine.”

End of conversation.

To get your child to open up about their day, asking open ended questions rather than yes/no questions makes them at least think of an answer beyond “fine, good, ok”. Try to ask one or more of the questions below and let us know in the comments if it helped your kids to open up!

  1. What challenged you today?

  2. Who made you laugh in class today? Why?

  3. Do you think your classroom rules are fair, or unfair?

  4. Who did you sit with at lunch?

  5. What was the most boring thing you did at school today?

  6. If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?

  7. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

  8. What was your favorite subject to study today? Why?

  9. Did anyone have anything fun or interesting to talk about?

  10. Was anyone playing alone at recess today? And if they are tomorrow, what can you do about it?

  11. What did you learn today that we can Google about tonight?

 What questions do you like to ask your kids when they get out of school?