I am sure you have seen the posts about alternative questions to ask your kids after school. I want to jump off that today with some ideas about daily questions to ask your kids that inspire character development. This post was inspired by a conversation on my Facebook page jumping off of the post “Do Good” by my favorite blogger, Kristen at “We Are That Family.”
Have you seen my character building series? The questions I’m posing today feed into that series and inspire a better world. Don’t we need it?
I am going to be honest with you. Today I am discouraged. I see evil. It’s all around, and often it’s even being touted as good. There is injustice – so much injustice, and people who want to spread their negativity and have it seep into the soul of others.
Sometimes I feel at a loss as to how to speak truth and spread good. I try and live it out in my own life, but the problem of evil is so prevalent that I wonder how I can truly make a difference. Then it hits me. I am a mom. The way I behave, the words I say, and the lessons I teach my children have power – immense power. If I can teach my three little ones to do good and spread good, then it flows out into the lives of others. It has exponential growth potential.
Some say, “I’m just a stay at home mom.” No! Do you know how much influence you have over this next generation?
The conversations we choose to have with our children make a difference when we are intentional. Be intentional.
The questions you ask your kids after school can inspire their behavior and influence tomorrow. Ask purposeful questions.
Let me give you some daily questions to ask your kids that inspire character development – that inspire good.
Daily Questions to Ask Your Kids that Inspire Character Development
- Did you make anyone smile today?
- What did you do today that was hard?
- Where did you see good today?
- Where did you do good today?
- Do you have anything thing you did today that you regret?
- Did you tell someone thank you today? What for?
- How did you help someone today?
- Were there any tough situations today that you weren’t quite sure how to handle? What did you do?
- Tell me something nice about one of your classmates. Encourage them to tell that classmate tomorrow.
- Were you honest about something today that was hard for you to be truthful about?
- Where did you see God today? (Our church does “God spottings” with the kids, and I love this!)
- What did you feel grateful about in your day?
- How did you experience joy today?
- Was there a time you had to be patient today?
- Did you have the opportunity to be a servant leader today?
- Where did you need someone else to have grace with you today?
- Did you need to show courage in any way a school?
- Who did you reach out to today that may have needed a friend?
- When did you show self control?
Please visit my character development tab to see the 52 traits we want to instill in our kids and the crazy number of lessons that accompany them. I’m sure that just reading those character traits will inspire so many more questions that you could ask your children around the dinner table or on the drive home from school.
Be the good you want to see in this world. Teach it to your kids. The world needs you!
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Thanks for sharing these. Very helpful! I would love a printable for my fridge. Or a small one for minivan! I know this will help this mom connect with my children and help them spread goodness.