6 meaningful questions to ask your child.
When walking down the street I hear it all the time, People asking; (especially parents asking children) “how was your day?” Response “good” and that was the end of the conversation.
I had a little chuckle to myself. I do exactly the same if my Mum asks “how was your day?” My response 9 out of 10 times “good” and that’s it.
Why don’t we ask questions that get people thinking? Questions that need the recipient to think and reflect.
- positive events from our day
- acts of kindness that we witnessed or carried out ourselves
- events from the day we were grateful for
Next time you are thinking about asking a child, students or anyone for that matter how their day was… Don’t.
Ask one, two, three, four, five or all 6 of these questions:
1. Tell me about a positive event from your day?
2. Tell me about something that happened today that you were grateful for?
3. What acts of kindness did you see someone do today?
4. Tell me about something kind you did today?
5. What could have you tried harder at today?
6. Tell me about a time today when you gave your best effort?
Questions such as these provide the opportunity for kids to:
- focus on the good parts of their day, therefore not focusing on negative events.
- scan their day to focus on the acts of kindness they carried out
- reflect on other peoples acts of kindness across the day
- reflect on the things around them they are grateful for
- reflect on where they think they could give more effort and where they think they could improve
Asking questions such as these daily will help kids form positive habits.
Here’s the thing, if kids know they are going to be asked a question like the ones above they will want to create positive events in their day, they will want to share something they are grateful for, they will carry out kindness acts, they will observe how others perform acts of kindness and they will give their best effort.
Don’t just ask kids these questions, these are adult questions too, also great conversation starters around a dinner table.
Meaningful questions will create a world of grateful, kind and happy people.
Would love to discuss further, please leave a comment and please share any meaningful questions you ask your kids and other people.
If you think family and friends will benefit from this article click to share.
PS: If You Want To Teach Your Children/Students Habits Of Happiness In A Fun And Engaging Way – CLICK HERE
PPS: We currently have schools, teachers and families from 43 countries join the Growing With Gratitude community. Our quest is 50 by the end of 2015.
PPPS: Book your free 30 minute consultation. We’ll talk about your classroom or home, your questions, the program itself, and the best way to implement it in your specific circumstances
Growing With Gratitude is proud to be Included in the
KidsMatter Primary School’s Programs Guide