My kids and all kids if you were to look into the research behind it, ask a lot of questions. According to studies, children ask on average 300 questions a day and quite often these are the same questions over and over again, to the parents annoyance. New research says we should be encouraging this because it keeps your child's mind open and you're modelling what a good question looks and sounds like.
Wolfe has just passed the how and why stage (luckily) and Kitty is at the age where our conversations could end up anywhere. From her asking what life insurance is to how do car tyres stay inflated.
Anyway... the reason I got thinking about this recently is because I always ask Kitty the same question everyday when she finishes school or two questions actually. How was your day and what did you have for lunch, which are both pretty dead end questions with quick answers. After reading the article on encouraging your kids to ask questions It turns out we can encourage them further by not only answering questions but asking them too.
Here is a list of alternate questions to get your kids talking.
1. What do you like daydreaming about?
2. What makes you happy?
3. What have your friends been up to?
4. If you could do anything right now, what would you do?
5. What do you look forward to when you wake up?
6. Do you ever think about renaming the colors of your crayons?
7. What character makes you laugh the most?
8. If you opened a store, what would you sell?
9. What's your Superhero name and what powers do you have?
10. You're at the beach. What's the first thing you do?
11. If you could grow anything in the yard, what would it be?
12. What makes you feel brave?
13. What makes you feel loved?
14. How do you show people you care?
15. What does it feel like when I hug you?
16. If your stuffed animals could talk, what would they say?
17. If you could give $100 to a charity, which would you choose?
18. How would you design a treehouse?
19. What do you enjoy giving people?
20. Did you smile or laugh extra today?
21. If you wrote a book, what would it be about?
22. If you drew everything that came to your head, what would you be drawing right now?
23. If you designed clothes, what would they look like?
24. How do you best like helping others?
25. Pretend you're a chef, and tell me about your restaurant. What foods do you serve?
26. What do you think you're going to dream about tonight?
27. What makes you feel thankful?
28. Where would you like to travel? How would you get there?
29. What sounds do you like?
30. If you made a cave in the woods, what would be inside it?
31. If you could ask a wild animal any question, what would you ask?
32. You're outside for a whole day: what would you do?
33. What makes the best fort?
34. What makes you feel energized?
35. If you were in a play, what would your character be like?
36. How do you think animals communicate?
37. What are some of the best things about nature?
38. You're a photographer for a day, what would you take pictures of?
39. What's a memory that makes you happy?
40. What bugs you?
41. Describe a great day. What are you doing that makes it special?
42. What animal would make a great driver?
43. What makes your friends so awesome?
44. What makes you so awesome?
45. Do you have any inventions in your brain?
46. Do you think it'd be fun to learn another language?
47. What are three things you want to do this summer?
48. If you could make up a new holiday, what would it be?
49. What makes someone smart?
50. If you had friends all over the world, how would you keep in touch?
There's definitely some pretty interesting ones there to get the conversations going between you and your kids.
My aim for the next 50 days is to work down the list and ask Kitty a different question each day. Maybe i'll try it with Wolfe too or even Leola because babies love being spoken to.
I know, I know, October already and where has the year gone and all that. I agree it's madness to think it's October already and annoyingly we're already seeing Xmas items in ALL of the shops. Never the less here we are and we still have Halloween to look forward to yet.
Any how, the reason for my post today wasn't to have a moan about how fast the years gone, it's actually a very special day. Today was the day we registered Leola's birth at the registry office in my home city. I'd initially called up a day or two after her birth but today was the next available appointment that they had available which was actually fine with me being how superstitious I am when it comes to numbers. 01/10/2019 works fine for me for numerous reasons I won't bore you with.
So Leola is officially now a citizen with a real identity and she also had her belly button day a few days ago.
That's all from me today, enjoy your Tuesday and happy October!