It’s hard to fathom but our kids have full lives once they leave the house and go to school or even daycare. We send them off to learn and be social and they do just that. It becomes a whole other world for them and dang it, we want to know what’s happening in that alternate universe. For me, my kiddos are full-fledged tweens now so the days of popping up for lunch at school (and getting cool mom points for doing so) are gone. I miss those days of zooming by or volunteering so I could be nosey and get a glimpse into these hours that go so slow but also so fast when they’re away. And because they’re tweens, it’s getting harder and harder to pull info from them about their day.
Folks, we gotta be strategic to get the goods. It’s this delicate dance of asking the right questions without seeming thirsty. (See...I have the lingo down!)
Here are 10 that have yielded good results from me.
- What was your favorite part of the day?
- Who did you sit with at lunch today?
- Who was absent today?
- What was the funniest thing that happened today?
- What made you smile today?
- What made you frown today?
- What did you do that was kind today?
- What was the most unusual thing you heard/saw today?
- What made you feel proud today?
- What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
Rotate a few each day and see what works. Think of this as less of an interview and more of conversation starters. You’ll know when you hit pay dirt.