Life can be hectic, and we can become distracted by many things – including those very things that are designed to “simply” our lives, i.e. electronic devices. Despite the fact that society has advanced, making time to communicate with others is still as essential now as it was 2,000 years ago. As summer winds down and children are heading back to school, and families get back to routines, it is important to make maintaining good communication a priority. With slight wording modifications, these questions can work with children of all ages, and with some adaptation, can also be appropriate for conversation with a spouse or another adult family member.
1. Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning.
2. Think about what you learned and did in school today. What’s something you’d like to know more about? What’s a question you have that came from your learning today?
3. Were there any times today when you felt disrespected by anyone? Tell me about those moments.
4. Were there times today when you felt that one of your classmates demonstrated care for you?
5. Were there any moments today when you felt proud of yourself?
6. Tell me about a conversation you had with a classmate or friend that you enjoyed.
7. What was challenging about your day?
8. What do you appreciate about your day?
9. What did you learn about yourself today?
10. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
11. Is there a question you wish I’d ask you about your day?
Take time to turn off electronic devices and have a conversation with those around you. It will be good for you (& them). It is a great opportunity to learn something about your family and friends, and about yourself. And remember to talk with God as well. God is listening and wants to offer each of us hope, joy and peace.