7 Reasons You Should Start Asking Your Children Open-Ended Questions
Growing up, my mom would ask me every single day, "how was school?" and no matter how uneventful or amazing my day was, my response was always "good." I know my mom was just trying to gauge how my day was, and she was probably hoping that if I didn't have a good one, I would actually change my answer. But the truth is, it became a sort of learned response and cut off any meaningful communication we could have engaged in as a result.
When we ask our children closed questions that are almost guaranteed to be answered with one word, we're doing them a disservice by not allowing them to creatively and openly speak to us. Our children need a lot from us, but open communication is definitely at the top of that list for a number of reasons.
Here are seven ways that asking open-ended questions — that will spark so much more than a one-worded answer — can help you to communicate better with your child and encourage the development of a number of vital skills.