What questions should you be asking kids?
The dining table is a place that can promote great bonding between families. Here’s how you can make dinner a meal that’s satisfying both to the stomach and soul. Make this special family time count by asking the right questions that help ensure your child’s physical and mental health and happiness.
Keep an approachable attitude
Give your child the confidence that you are there to support him or her always. Ask questions about friends and peers. Speak about your childhood friends and both happy and sticky situations that you faced. This will encourage your child to open up.
"Who do you talk with most often at school?" is a question that will help you gauge the social circle your child is in. “Whom did you have lunch with today,” is another vital question. Do not pester your child if he or she does not want to talk but if you hear something like, “I had lunch alone,” take notice.
Stay updated on your child’s health. If your child finds it hurting anywhere pay immediate attention and make sure you get it attended. If you find your child looking hurt or upset, ask your child questions such as, “Are you ok?”, “Is it hurting anywhere?”, “What’s making you look sad?”, “Can I help with something?”
Help your child relate to you
If your child is struggling with Math and you did the same in childhood, show empathy. Tell your child about the struggle you faced and how you coped with it. Ask your child questions such as, “Which subject do you enjoy? And why?”, “Do you dislike any subject?”
Ask your child what she or he has in mind, give your child the confidence that you are ready to listen to whatever your child says about any topic. As your child, “Do you have any questions on the news?” If so, clarify them.
Besides these, ask open ended questions like, “How was your day?”, “What do you want to do on a holiday?”
Make dinner a time for gaining a better understanding of your child.