“How was your day" is a surefire conversation-killer with kids. Instead, spark conversation with fun and thoughtful questions that go beyond what happened at school. Create a dream jar to get them to open up about their interests, hobbies, and future goals.
Here’s how it works:
Write questions on colorful slips of paper. Some can be serious and some can just be random or funny. Put each slip of paper into the jar, close it, then have kids decorate with glitter, paint and stickers.
Have each child pull out a question, then go around the group giving everyone a chance to answer. Discuss the answers and ask why, how, and other follow up questions to get a discussion going.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Would you rather spend all day with people or dogs (and why)?
Which type of job would be more satisfying to you: one where you call all the shots or one where you're a vital part of a team?
What would make you happier: seeing your name on an MVP trophy or the dean’s list?
If you could go back in time and invent one of these things, which would it be and why: peanut butter, electricity or the bicycle?
Which of these would you like to do someday and why:
a) Write a song
b) Build a table
c) Solve a crime
Your family can create their own dream jar routine but it’s nice to keep it in the car or in the kitchen, where you’ll have the most alone time with your kids. Happy dreaming!
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