Engaging in meaningful conversations with your kids can seem impossible. I remember asking my kids the same questions parents have been asking their kids for years “What happened in school today? Or What did you do at re-cess?” And I heard the same answers kids have been giving their parents for years as well; a shoulder shrug with a they mumble “Nothing.”

As a Grandma, I didn’t want to make the same mistakes with my grands. So I did a little research to help on the internet to find a few more tools to use to engage them in conversation that helps me get to know their thoughts and feel-ings better. Using some of these questions I’ve even had texting conversations with my oldest granddaughter. Sometimes my attempts fall short but other times I hit the jackpot and a natural conversation flows.

I wanted to share some of the conversation starters I’ve used if you find con-versation is a struggle at times in your family too. Remember don’t judge your child’s answer; listen and reflect. And most importantly don’t just ask the question, share your answers too. These are just some of the conversation starters I’ve used so far. I’d enjoy hearing from how these ideas help your family talk together. Blessings, Sherie

* Tell me about the best thing that happened in your day.

* Tell me something kind that you did for someone today?

* How many stars would you give your lunch today?

* Did you get a chance to help anyone today?

* Did anyone help you today?

* Is there anything you wish you had done differently today?

* Are you feeling sorry about anything that happened today?

* What is one thing you are grateful for today?

* How do you make yourself feel better when you feel frustrated or angry at school? What about bored, tired or excited?

* How can I pray for you today?

* What was your favorite part of Bible story you heard today? Why?

* If the librarian said you could keep one book forever, which one would you choose?