"How was school?" ... (shrug) "Fine."

I've never met a kid who responds to the question "How was school?" with a long list of events and insights.  And yet, we keep asking that question.  Adults want to connect with kids after school but this type of question often shuts the conversation down.   I stumbled across a fun app called Povi that gives a daily conversation starter for different ages and stages.  These discussions are designed to enhance your child's 'Emotional IQ' with things like creative thinking, confidence, and perspective taking.  The app also has space for you to record their response.  Some examples of questions:

  • Would you want to be able to predict the future? Why or why not?

  • Who did you help today?

  • What are you happy that you did today?