21 Questions to Ask Your Kids After School for Meaningful Conversations

How was your day at school? This is a question that parents ask and often get a one word response back: “Fine”

Many parents try to talk to their kids about their school day, including myself, and we often get one word answers that halt any further conversation and it feels like pulling teeth to get anything meaningful out of them. Here are 21 helpful questions to prompt better and more fruitful discussion at the end of a day. These questions often lead to a better understanding of your kids and their experiences and gives you opportunities to help them grow and speak truth into them:

  • What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
  • Tell me something that made you laugh today.
  • Whom would you like to sit by in class? (Whom would you not want to sit by in class? Why?)
  • Where is the coolest place at the school?
  • Tell me a weird word that you heard today (or something weird that someone said).
  • If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
  • How did you help somebody today?
  • How did somebody help you today?
  • Tell me one thing that you learned today.
  • When were you the happiest today?
  • When were you bored today?
  • If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?
  • Who would you like to play with at recess whom you’ve never played with before?
  • Tell me something you learned about God today.
  • What word did your teacher say the most today?
  • What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
  • What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
  • Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
  • Where do you play the most at recess?
  • Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
  • What was your favorite part of lunch?