Sometimes it can be a challenge to start conversations with our little ones or our teenagers, so we’re hoping this will help.

If you’re struggling to get the conversation started, here are some questions to help open the dialogue.

  1. What was the best part of your day? Parents, we recommend you answer this one too. Having everyone participate is a great way to model for our children.
  2. What do you like most about school? It can be easy for kids to fall in the trap of finding what they DON’T like about school. Challenge them to find the positive.
  3. How were you brave today? This question could be especially helpful for kids who are nervous going to school.
  4. What was something that made you laugh today? This question can generate all kinds of silly answers, leading to lots of laughter and positive energy at the table.
  5. What was the hardest part of your day? Even though we want to know about all the good stuff, we also want to know what challenges our children faced throughout their day.
  6. When you’re sad, how do you make yourself feel better? This opens the door for parents to talk about good coping skills. Feel free to replace sad with any other emotion, like stressed or angry.
  7. What do you want to be when you grow up? Teach your kids to dream and set big goals. It doesn’t matter how they answer. Play along and let them have fun with it!
  8. How were you kind to someone today? Teach your kids the value of kindness. We can’t spread enough of it throughout the world.
  9. If you had one superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it? Let kids be silly. Spark their imagination and see what creative answers they come up with.
  10. What are 3 things you are thankful for? This is another great question for parents to answer as well. Model gratitude, and your kids will follow in your footsteps.