Car Talk – Questions that Work

The drive home and the chat around the dinner table are precious moments in life. What can seem like routine daily life can be transformed into “aha” moments of learning about each other. It’s all in how we ask the questions. Below are just a few questions that help move us parents off the, “How was your day?” rock and into a more stream-of-consciousness flow of learning about each other:

  • On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being “worst day ever” and 10 being “most awesome day!”) how would you rate today at school?  What would have made it better? What would you have changed if you could?
  • When did you have the most energy today? During a group time or during individual work time?
  •  What was your high today? What was your low?
  •  Are you more comfortable asking another Eagle for help or a Guide for help when you need it?
  •  Did you serve as a Guide to someone else today?
  • What core skills work did you do today? Do you feel you did your best work?
  • Play the “Two truths and a Lie” game: Each person shares three things that they did today. Two statements are true and one is a lie. The others have to guess which is a lie.

Each question can be followed up with: “Tell me more!” or “Why do you think that?” Have fun and feel free to share questions that are your favorites for getting your Eagles to talk about their day.

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5 Responses to Car Talk – Questions that Work

  1. jeffsandefer says:

    Love this!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for these helpful suggestions. It let’s me develop my socratic skills AND gets me more information out of the young men!

  3. Suzanne Wilson says:

    Thanks for these good conversation prompters – we often get in a rut of “How was your day?” or the high/low. I look forward to trying a few new questions out this week with all our kids.

  4. Sheila Singh says:

    Thank you Laura! I love all the wisdom you share in these posts – we used some of these tips over dinner last night.

  5. Tracy says:

    These are great – thank you! I was just feeling stuck in “How was your day?” today. Can’t wait to try tomorrow!

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