School Routine

Deuteronomy 6:6-9
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

By now many of our kids have been in school one full week. The start of school means bus rides and car lines are in full swing as well as homework and afternoon snack time. These afternoon moments, whether in the car or at home, are an excellent time to reconnect with your kids to discover how their day went. There is a simple routine that happens in nearly every family after school and it goes like this:
Parent: How was your day?
Kid: Fine.
And then the child is silent and we, adults, are racking our brains trying to figure out what to say next. Perhaps you have discovered a better approach to reconnecting with your child in the afternoon, but if not here are a few questions to help start a new routine.
1) What was one thing you did today that was helpful?
2) When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
3) What was something kind you did for someone else?

These open-ended questions will likely have your children talking more than you expected, and the beauty of these questions is that you can easily incorporate God’s teaching along side them. These small openings help build a foundation of who God is for your child.

What other questions could you ask?