How was your day?

What is the response you receive when you ask your child "How was your day?" at the end of each school day?  If it is usually just a one word answer like "Good", then you are not alone!

We've listed below a few suggestions on how you may be able to encourage your child to share a little more with you! 

Alternative questions to, “How Was Your Day?” 

  • What is something you did today that you’d like to do every day?
  • Tell me about something that made you laugh today.
  • What do you know today that you didn’t know yesterday?
  • Did anything make you feel frustrated?
  • What was the best thing that happened?
  • Did everyone have someone to play with?
  • What was the most creative thing you did?
  • Did you do something kind for someone?
  • What was your least favourite part of the day?
  • Teach me something you learned.
  • What made you feel happy?
  • Was anyone away?
  • Did you help someone?
  • What made you feel grateful?
  • How would you rate your day from 1 to 10? 

I trialled a number of these questions on my niece and nephew last week.  As is tradition in our family, at the end of the first day of school my niece and nephew always face time me so that we can chat about the day. 

My niece has just started Year 1 this year, and she is very open to sharing every moment of her day.  She loves school.  My nephew on the other hand does not share the same enthusiasm as his sister for school and was not as excited about starting Year 5 this year.  Our conversations can tend to go like the one above.  So I trialled a couple of questions from the list I have included below and as a result we had a long and really animated chat. Both children shared things that their mum and dad weren’t even aware of.  My hope is that some of these questions may in some way help you have deeper communication with your children as well.  It has certainly helped open up the lines of communication in my family. 

Here in the Junior School the students have settled in well to the new school year and lots of learning and fun has been had.

Lisa Robinson
Head of Junior School

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