Mining for positives

“How was your day?” 

Mining for the positives in your child’s day


Looking for positives in your child’s day can help both you and your child’s overall wellbeing. Schools are a busy place with many interactions throughout the day. Focusing on the negatives and leading with questions to uncover these can be detrimental to your shared school experiences. You, your child and the school community will benefit from a change of outlook.

Whether it be on the walk or ride home, at the dinner table or bed time, your conversations in relation to how your child’s day was, can be guided to train the brain to look for the positives and express gratitude.

Of course, supporting your child through the difficult days and helping them navigate the world is of the utmost importance, but starting with and mining for the positives are a great starting point and worth a shot.


Some questions to help this process.


Tell me about the best part of your day.

Did any of your classmates or teachers do anything funny?

Tell me about what you read in class.

Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?

 What are you looking forward to about tomorrow?

 What made you smile today?

 Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed? 

  What did you do that was creative?

  Did you help anyone today?

  Did you tell anyone thank you?

  How were you brave today?

  What questions did you ask at school today?



Have a great long weekend.


Mark O'Sullivan