My family is very busy, running from sports to music lessons, doing homework, dinner, then bed. Some nights the only time we have together is dinner. Even on those nights we are still rushing through our meal just to get to another activity. This may be the only time that I can sit and talk to my husband and kids about their day.
Asking a couple of questions at dinner can help make the conversation flow. Parents tend to ask, “How was your day?”, but many times kids don’t know how to answer or will just be silly. They might say, “Fine.” or “Good.”. We ask 2 simple questions at our house to get the conversation going.
What was the BEST part of your day?
What was the WORST part of the day?
This usually gets the kids talking. They love telling us about the best, which could be they got to pick something out of the treasure box at school or they won the dodge ball game in gym. The worst could be that they fell on the playground and sometimes, the worst part of their day is eating my dinner (usually on a meal they don’t like).
Most the time they won’t answer with one word. They love to share and explain why it was the best or worst part. If they don’t elaborate, you have some information now and can ask questions. I was really surprised when my other kids were asking questions too. They love what Mom and Dad have to say about their day. This is a really simple and fun way to start a conversation at the dinner table and get the whole family involved. And maybe discover something about your children that maybe you didn’t know.
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