Ever ask your kids how their day was only to get an ‘I don’t know’, ‘fine’ or just a shrug?
It’s a tale as old as time.
But one parenting expert and mother of two has shared the questions she asks her children to actually get some facts out of them.
Sharing a video on Instagram, Kirsty Ketley, 42, said: ‘Does your child always tell you that they cannot remember what they did at school today, or they just simply go “I don’t know”?
‘Frustrating, isn’t it?
‘So here are 10 things to ask them instead of “how was your day”, which are guaranteed to ensure that you can extract some information out of them.’
10 questions to ask your child about their school day and actually get a proper answer
- Who got into trouble today? Kirsty said: ‘Because particularly younger children quite like to snitch on their friends!’
- What made you smile today?
- What made you laugh today?
- What made you sad today?
- Who did you sit next to at lunchtime?
- Who made your teacher smile today?
- Who made your teacher feel a bit cross today?
- Who did you help today?
- Who helped you today?
- Did you learn something you didn’t know before?
These more targeted questions can hopefully narrow the field of things your kids recall about their day to something specific, rather than getting them to try and sum up the whole thing after a long day.
‘Years of looking after children has taught me how to extract info,’ said Kirsty, who offers her expertise under the name Auntie K.
‘Kids are often tired and hungry when they first come out of school, so I always recommend leaving it an hour after school to ask any questions, to allow kids to decompress and chill.
‘As a grown-up, I wouldn’t want to be bombarded with questions about work as soon as I walk in the door, so it’s the same for kids and school.
‘If they’ve got exciting news to share, they will soon tell you, or if anything really bad has happened.
‘Also, their teacher will be in contact if there’s anything too worrying.
‘Meal times can be a good time to find out things if not bath time, and kids always love a good chat at bedtime.’
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