As we begin the summer season with new goals, let’s first recognize how awesome you are as a woman….as a mom…a wife…a daughter…a friend!

I know how the summer months can be a different routines and pace for many students and parents compare to the regular school year.  As you find new things to do, remember to bring some balance in the student’s schedule. I remembered when my kids used to talk my ears out the moment they woke up.  Their inquiring minds would want to know so much and share so much.  They would ask all sorts of questions…and yes, some were hard to answer 😊  I loved listening to my daughter talk about her unicorns in her dreams (her favorite) or how my son discovered about aircrafts and landing an airplane.  He would call out the type of aircrafts out as we are sitting in the car because he was so interested in learning about them. Now that they are growing older, they don’t really share their thoughts quite the same. I missed them being little ones, but I am also embracing where they’re at today as older kids. Through the years, I’ve learned that it is important to adapt quickly as our kids change in different stages of their lives. I’ve also learned to be direct and proactive and ask questions.

Everyday is an adventure for them and as moms, we should want to hear all about it. Asking the right questions is one of the most powerful parenting tools we have as moms.  If we would listen to them more, we would learn so much about our kids.  It’s easy for us to give lectures and tell them how they need to think and behave…. But how often are we really present and asking them questions to get to know them? If you start while they are young, you will have an easier transition as they become teenagers because they have already built THIS type of relationship with you and are used to sharing with their mom. You would be surprised at how many things can happen in a day and our kids don’t always share with us about their victories, their fears, their challenges, and their questions. And that is why the different lists of questions I am going to share with you through the next few weeks are super helpful! If you’re like me, I like to write in my journal and reflect back as each year closes and see what the year brought to me and my family. I would suggest keeping these questions for future use. Write them down along with their answers in a journal if possible. There will be 4 weeks of questions from this Series.

Today, I am going to share with you the first list of questions you can ask your kids.

  1. If you could be any animal in the world, what would you want to be and why?
  2. What do you look forward to when you wake up?
  3. Name one thing that happened today that made you feel good.
  4. What is the funniest noise you can make with your body?
  5. If you could create a new planet in the solar system what would you name it? What would it be like?
  6. What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen or heard? (share funny jokes or stories)
  7. You are going to your own private island to live for a year but could only take 8 things, what would they be?
  8. If you were given a million dollars and had to spend it all in three days, what would you buy and do with the money?
  9. Name one exciting thing we can do together.
  10. If you could create any flavor of ice cream, what would it taste like?

Hope you enjoy your time together 😊

Remember to check back next week for another list of questions to ask your kids about a play date and their friends (my daughter loves talking about her friends.)

Do you have some successful and favorite questions to ask your kids to get them to open up? Please share them in the comments below!

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