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20 questions to ask your child instead of "How was your day?"

When you ask your child "How was your day?" you might be met with "I cant remember" or "I don't know?"

Both are very normal responses from children, but they are often a cause of frustration for parents.

It's only natural to want to know about your child's day, but extracting the information you are after can be like drawing blood from a stone, so here are twenty questions to help you ask about their day, without asking "How was your day?"

  1. What made you smile today?

  2. What made you sad today?

  3. Who got into trouble today?

  4. How would you rate your day from 1-10/

  5. What story are your class reading/was read to the class today?

  6. Did you learn something you didn't know before?

  7. What was your best part of the day?

  8. What was your least favourite part of the day?

  9. What made you laugh?

  10. Was lunch nice today?

  11. What made your teacher smile today?

  12. What made your teacher frown today?

  13. Who did you sit next to at lunch?

  14. Who did you play with?

  15. Did you help anyone today?

  16. Did anyone help you today?

  17. Did anyone cry today?

  18. Were you bored at all today?

  19. What made you feel proud today?

  20. What was the hardest rule to follow?

My biggest tip is not to ask any questions about your child's day for the first hour or so of them coming home, unless they want to talk about it, of course. This gives your child a chance to wind down and, if you look it as if it were you coming in from work, you wouldn't want bombarding with questions when you are looking forward to shutting the door on it and leaving it behind for the day.

Meal times are always a great time to get conversations going with your child, so if you sit down to eat as a family, use it as a good time to find out about everyone's day. This means the focus isn't just on one family member then.

If you don't sit down together - perhaps you eat later, bath time, when your child is relaxed is a good time to get them to download, and if not, I can guarantee that bedtime will be - Any excuse for a child to prolong going to sleep!

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