Get Your Kids Excited With These Questions:
Also? I have some swamp land in Florida I’d like to sell you. You won’t get them excited. But? You will get them talking.
As the kids get older and their busy schedules get busier, it becomes increasingly difficult to find time for family dinners. While we strive for at least three nights per week, we have a MANDATORY Sunday night family dinner and Table Talk is always a crowd pleaser. It is amazing what you learn about your kids when you ask fun questions and not directed questions. By directed I mean: “Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?” “Did you have a good day at school?” “Do any of your friends drink or smoke pot?” “Have you ever sexted or received a sext?” They will plead the 5th faster than a politician under oath.
I am 17 years into parenting and my teenagers talk with me. Often and about all topics. The reason they do is because I have been talking, asking and listening to them for years. Talk with your kids, do it often, you will reap the rewards when it matters most.
Enjoy your family time. The days might be long, but the years go by fast.
1. What will you miss most about summer?
2. What was your most favorite summer memory?
3. What is the one thing you are NOT looking forward to about going back to school?
4. What is the one thing you are most looking forward to besides seeing your friends?
5. What is your academic goal this year in school? How can we help you achieve that? (Noah asked if he got a 4.0 if we would buy him a sloth. I need to add the word weirdo to that pop up bio.)
6. Have you already figured out how many days it is until Thanksgiving break?
7. Is there a teacher you are hoping to get? Who and why?
8. Who is the one person you are most excited to see at school. And no one is not an option.
9. Is there a club or team you want to join this year but haven’t had the guts to do before?
10. If you were class president what is the first rule (besides canceling school and no homework) you would implement?
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