‘What did you do at school today?’ Responses include: ‘not much’; ‘nothing’; ‘usual stuff’.
Is this the conversation you have with your daughter at the end of each day?
George Couros has some suggestions that might change the conversations and engage with our young people about what we, as parents and educators, value. Couros weekly blog states:
I used to ask my kids, “what was your favourite part of the day”, then I added “Who did you help today?” And …. It was only a matter of weeks before my oldest daughter’s ‘favourite part of the day’ was also the answer to ‘who did you help today’.
A question like this is so much more powerful than, ‘What did you do at school today?’, or ‘What did you get on your test?’, or ‘Did you have fun?’ Simply asking the question, “Who did you help today?” tells a kid what you value.
The question, “Who did you help today?” is one that would make such a difference in classrooms and schools. Obviously, kindness is not the only thing that we focus on in education, but it is becoming more relevant to focus on than ever.
This is another way we can show Mercy in action.