Alternatives to ‘I can’t remember’

It’s a familiar story I’m sure. The conversation goes like this:

Parent: ‘what did you do today?’

Child: ’I can’t remember’ or ‘nothing’

Every. Single. Night!

When Harrison was in Nursery, the teachers would spend time each evening filling me in on what he’d actually been doing. However now he is at school I don’t have that luxury.  In fact if you spoke to my son, you’d think that they performed some kind of magical memory wiper charm (in the vein of Harry Potter) at the end of each day as he appears to have absolutely no recollection of what he has done all day.   As time has gone on (well I say time, its only actually been a few weeks), he has realised my frustration at not knowing what he is up to and now thinks it’s hilarious that ‘he can’t remember’.

However, I have recently come across some clever tricks to try and engage him in conversation without him quite realising what I am up to. I admit that I have not tried out all of these questions yet (but I will) but I thought I’d share some ideas I’ve come across!

  • What was the best thing that happened today?
  • Did anything funny happen today?
  • Was anyone naughty today?
  • Did you go to any other classrooms today?
  • Did anything go wrong today?
  • Did anything happen that made you feel sad today?
  • Did you do anything different today?
  • Did anything happen that scared you today?
  • What made you laugh today?
  • Were you kind to anyone today?
  • Was anyone kind to you today?
  • Who helped each other?

Of course he might well catch on to my ‘clever’ new line of questioning and this approach might end up an epic fail, but it’s worth a go!

Please let me know how you get on if you give any of these a try!   Or suggest some alternatives.


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