I participated in a campaign for Share What’s Good on behalf of Mom Central Consultingfor Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review, a gift code to giveaway, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
My kids are back to school. That means they are spending hours and hours away from me, and I don’t know a lot of what goes on during their days. But I WANT them to talk to me, to share what’s good- and even what’s bad. So at dinnertime, I work hard to get information from my mini-Martins. Which isn’t always easy. I mean, sometimes, they talk my ear off, or all three talk my ear off, but never actually say much about what happened. I WANT to hear about their days.
She shared her excitement about her award from school
Something I learned long ago when I was earning my Bachelor’s degree- don’t ask kids yes or no questions. Don’t ask questions that can be answered with “fine.”
So today, I thought I’d share with you some of MY questions I ask to try to get my kids to talk – even just a little- to share what’s good (and bad) about their days. If your kids are older, you’ll want to adjust your wording for them. Maybe add a few “like” and LOL’s in there?!
Use these basic question ideas to get information
Who – Who did you sit with at lunch? Who did you play with/swing with/jump rope with at recess? Who said something kind to you?
What – What kind of story did the teacher read this morning? What did you do in (math) class today? What was the funniest thing that happened this afternoon?
Where- Where did you sit for lunch? Where did you go at recess?
When- When did you feel happy today? When did you do/see/feel/hear something special? When did you laugh today?
Why- Why do you think that math is so much fun? What is it about art that you like so much? Why did you laugh today
My little one had a really crummy day- some family time at the park and an ice cream (guess what flavor!) turned her frown upside down
This can easily be adjusted for home, camp, sports activities. Honestly, my husband isn’t a big talker (which is probably good with me the chatterbox for a wife, and 2 little girls who are trying their best to make me look like a quiet girl) and sometimes I feel like I need to ask him some of this to find out about his day!
There are also other times, especially after we’ve done something special, that we play “My favorite” to share what’s good in our lives. I will pick a name and say ” What was your favorite thing we did today?” Sometimes, especially if we’re grumpy or the kids aren’t getting along, we all say three nice things about each other. We’ll all take turns saying 3 things we like about mommy, daddy, brother, and both of the girls. Usually by the time we get to the last person, we’re saying silly stuff and everyone is giggling.
Finding ways to share what’s good doesn’t have to be hard, or serious. It’s something important to me because I feel like if my kids are learning to share what’s good with me, they’ll also learn to share what’s bad with me when that happens too. Sharing life’s little joys can really teach all of us to appreciate so many of the gifts we are given each and every day, you know?
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review, a gift code to giveaway, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.