The best way to encourage your family to talk is through simple conversations. These prompts will get them talking and reveal so much about you and your family. They’re fun, insightful, and a fantastic way for everyone to open up.
Take a look at these conversation starters for kids and try one each day of the month.
- What was your favorite part of the day?
- Who did you play with at school? / Who did you talk to today from school?
- How were you kind to someone today?
- What are you proud of?
- What are you thankful for?
- What’s one good thing you’re really good at?
- Who’s the nicest person you know?
- Which family member do you love seeing the most?
- What are you looking forward to this [season/month/week]?
- How would you change the world when you grow up?
- What could our family do that would make the world better?
- What superpower would you like to have?
- If you could only keep one toy, which toy would it be?
- Pretend you could be the teacher: what rules would you have in the classroom?
- If you could be an animal, which one would you be?
- Would you rather _____ or ____]? (e.g. go to the pool or beach)
- If we spent time alone just you and me, what would you want to do (or where would you want to go)?
- Let’s say you could be any age, what age would you be?
- If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be?
- What does it mean to be a good friend?
- What do you think makes a family close?
- What makes you feel happy?
- How do you cheer yourself up when you feel sad?
- What’s your favorite book?
- What’s your favorite meal?
- What do you like best about our family?
- What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?
- What’s your favorite thing about [a family member]?
- What do you like best about school [or camp, swim class, etc.]?
- What’s your favorite holiday of the year?
- What’s your favorite room in our home?
Benefits of having conversations with your child
Why the focus on conversation starters for kids? Don’t kids already talk so much as it is?
Take a look at these amazing benefits and the importance of having conversations with your children:
- Kids learn conversation skills like how and when to talk versus listen
- We reflect on our days, how we felt, and the choices we made
- Conversations open up topics that otherwise wouldn’t be shared
- All family members learn about one another
- You’re able to celebrate successes and how to support and encourage one another
- Kids value how others feel
- You’re able to reinforce family values like kindness, respect, and perseverance
- Kids build confidence and competence
- You practice gratitude
- You strengthen the family bond
The best way to keep the conversation going after your child responds? Ask why and how. Have them explain why they love Halloween, or how they’re going to enforce rules as a teacher.
And remember, there isn’t a “right” answer, no matter how whimsical theirs might be. It’s fine for her to say she would love to be a unicorn or fly to the clouds to cheer herself up.
Above all, apply these questions to learn, grow, and bond—whether over nightly dinners or even waiting in line at the grocery store.