You want to be a part of your child’s life, but sometimes, starting a conversation is a struggle — especially after a full day of work and running from one activity to another. If you’re wondering how to get your child to talk about their day or their interests, we hope these conversation starters can jump-start your thinking.
Before you start, think about the setting: Don’t try to compete with electronics. Turn the music down, turn the TV off, remove headphones, or put phones in airplane mode.
What did you do today in science (or phy ed, or math, or any subject)?
What is something you learned today that you could teach me?
Did you sit next to anyone new at lunch today?
What are the most important things we’ve taught you in our family — maybe that you wish other kids could learn?
What do you think are the most important qualities of a good teacher?
What are some of your favorite things to do at school? What do you like about…?
What do you feel grateful for today?
If you wrote a book, what would it be about? What would the title be?
How did you show kindness to someone today?
How do you think kids who tease others feel about themselves? How do you think kids who get teased feel?