As a parent, it’s difficult to always know and understand what our children are thinking and feeling. On top of that, we are wondering how they perceive and react to the world around them.
We want to instill both a positive mindset and resilient attitude in them, and we know that having some greater insight can help.
Plus, connecting with them on a real one-to-one level can be increasingly difficult, especially with increasing availability of technology and high-sensory media.
These seven questions can serve that end. Be sure to listen, “read” between the lines where appropriate and avoid judgment.
The nature of their answers will change as they age, and so should our expectation and interpretation.
Here are the questions:
- In five words or less, how would your describe yourself?
- What makes your feel the happiest? Is it something that you love to do?
- What do you think you would be great at teaching others to do?
- What is the best thing that ever happened? (for older kids you might ask about “the worst”)
- What did you learn from that thing?
- What do you know about now, that you think will be the most useful when you’re a grown up?
- Imagine us sitting together three years from now. What does your (our) life look like?
Master Instructor, Dragon Gym
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