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Getting little response from your kids? Ask these three questions over dinner.

I don’t know about you but I love to hear about what my kids have been learning, doing and making at school but I’m often met with ‘nothing’, ‘not much’ or ‘I can’t remember’.  Which I have to say isn’t much to go on and does make follow-up questions a little tricky.

Father and son playing outside

So now we have a little bank of questions that we use with the kids and mix it up so they don’t start regurgitating the same answers (you’ll be surprised how quickly that happens).  We all take turns in answering the questions, including the adults so they can learn how we process our days, how we manage challenges, what we’re grateful for and what motivates and energises us etc.

If they are feeling a little ‘meh’ about the day we ask these three questions which I read somewhere in an article ages ago but can’t remember where…

Q1:  What did someone do today to make you happy?

Q2:  What did you do to make someone else happy?

Q3:  What have you learned today?

It’s a simple exercise but it helps us all find the positive in every day.  It teaches gratitude, nurtures optimism and recognises kindness.  Irrespective of how our day was, it helps us all find some positives and I get to learn things about my kids that they probably would have never thought to tell me otherwise.

Try it, it’s a great way to connect with your family and build some life skills without them noticing 😊.

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