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  1. Rachel Sweeney says:

    I’m definitely saving this list for later use, because I’m very guilty of falling into that “trap” you mentioned at the start of this post. My best question I was able to come up with other than “how was your day” was “did you do anything unusual or exciting today?”, but other than that I was at a loss. All these questions will definitely help!

  2. I love these ideas. We often struggle with dinner table conversation and dead-end questions. The older the kids get, the harder it is to get to know them!

  3. Angelica Lohan says:

    I frequently ask my kids “What was the best thing that happened today?” Or “What was the worst thing that happened today?”. Usually I get good replies but sometimes someone will say, “Nothing really good or bad happened today.” :l

  4. Claire Mullally says:

    Hi Kelly, did you have a list of questions that are great for the end of a school day to hear how their day was?? (I seem to remember from years ago)

  5. My kids are grown, but the question we found most successful with our 3 sons was: On a scale of 1-10, how was today and why?

  6. Kelly, this list is awesome. My kids are older than yours (15 and 16) but I think parents of teens need this list even more than those of the little ones. I actually printed it out. Thank you!

  7. Thanks Kelly! I will use these when I take my 12 yr old granddaughter to lunch next week. She really enjoyed the last set of questions you suggested.

  8. Matt Tomlinson says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Working away from home with limited communication with my children during this period. I feel these questions will be greatly appreciated to engage in greater conversation. As with young children and trying to focus on a phone call can be someone boring for them. Will give these ideas ago shift.

  9. Odette Angeles says:

    I’m a mother of 3 boys and a grandmother of 3 grandsons. It’s my eldest son who sent me this article and I appreciate what you shared because even at my age of 59, all my three boys are all grown ups, I definitely learned a lot from you which now I can apply to my grandchildren. Thank you.

  10. Everyday on the way home from school we talk about the 4 G’s – the answers have to be about the school day.
    What was GREAT about your day?
    What was your GRIPE ?
    Did you make a GOOF?
    What are you GRATEFUL for?