Do you ask your child about their day, only to get a response of “fine”? Do you ask what they did in school and just get told “stuff” or even worse, “nothing”? I’ve learned that if I want to get a meaningful answer from my kids, I have to come up with more creative questions. Now I can bond with my girls over snack time while I find out how their day really was.
It’s just about time for the new school year to begin and this is a big one for us! My little “baby” is going to be starting Kindergarten! She’s so excited that she’ll finally be going to school with her big sister and I’m excited for her. I’m just not sure how she grew up so fast…she went from snuggling teddy bears to wanting to watch YouTube videos all day!
Of course, with two kids in school full time, that means my busy life will get even busier. I’ll have twice as many after school activities, lunches to pack, homework to help with and more. I’ll also have two hungry kids coming home every day begging for snacks.
One of our favorite go-to snacks is Goldfish and my girls have been eating them for almost as long as they’ve been old enough to snack. I feel good about giving them Goldfish because they have no artificial flavors or preservatives and are always baked with real cheese. Plus, if I buy the Baked With Whole Grain Cheddar, the girls get 12 grams of whole grains per serving. I usually keep the small bags on hand too because they’re perfect for when we’re on the go.
On days when the girls come straight home from school, I put out a bowl of Goldfish to snack on while we talk about their day. Keira’s a big chatterbox so she’s easy…she tells me everything and then some. In preschool, I could tell you not only what she did, but what every other kid in class did too (if your kid misbehaved, I knew all about it)! This afternoon snack time can be very enlightening.
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Ashling is a little trickier. I don’t know what happens when you ask your child about their day but when I ask Ashling how her day was, I get the typical “fine”. Apparently she does nothing in school except “stuff”. Since I know there’s more to her day than that, I’m getting more creative with my questions. Now I’ve come up with a great list that gets her talking every time.
Feel free to download this printable version if you’d also like to know more about your child’s day other than that it was “fine”.
This is such an easy way to bond with my girls. It’s also interesting to hear the answers that they come up with. When I asked Ashling what one subject she’d like to work on all day, her answer was writing. I love that she’d want to write stories all day. I’d also like to think that if we talk enough about the little things, my girls will feel comfortable enough to talk to me when bigger things come up. Until then, I’ll just connect with them over a big bowl of Goldfish and my fun list of questions.
Want more inspiration? Goldfish recently sponsored a contest where kids made their own videos. The winning videos have been selected and you won’t believe how creative these kids were!
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