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Article - How to get a Real Answer to "How
was your Day?"
Do you have a daily routine that goes something like
this at your house? You ask your children, spouse, friend,
etc. "How was your day?" Then, do you either
get a grunt in return, a fine or whatever? Maybe ever
once in a blue moon you will get a rather long and involved
answer. Sometimes when we ask co-workers that question
we truly want to know the answer, but sometimes we really
don't. Often, the How was your day comment is just a
I have a new question for you that will open up the
lines of communication and get to the heart of what
is going on in your children's lives, spouse's life,
friend's lives, co-workers lives, etc. I cannot take
the credit for this question. The Children's Director
at our church shared this with me and it has been very
helpful. Are you ready for the question? How can I be
pray for you? When you read that question what did you
think? You have to stop and think for a minute and almost
catch your breath. This question gets to the heart of
what is going on with your children, the big and the
little. I try from time to time to ask my children this
question at bedtime and I get some amazing answers.
Often, about things that are going on that I did not
know about. One time the answer was, pray that I get
one of the big lockers and not one of the small ones.
Another is praying that my friends and I won't fight
on the playground. Often the answers can be to pray
for their friends and their situations.
The beauty of this question is it often takes the focus
off the trivial stuff and what is really important in
your child's life. Lockers can be a big deal when you
are in middle school and busy parents cannot always
hear or see that issue. Your children will also feel
special knowing that their Mom is praying for them on
a specific issue.
This would be a great question for an unsaved co-worker.
I had a client call me who I had not seen for sometime.
She asked me to pray for her, due to having breast cancer.
She said I knew you prayed so I decided to call you.
When you see someone having a hard time, you can ask,
"How can I pray for you?" How soothing and
So, give it a try today with your children, spouse,
friends, and co-workers. You will get some answers you
did not quite expect. You can also develop a deeper
relationship with the person you have asked. How can
I pray for you today?
If you don't mind I would like for you to share if you
tried the question above and what response you received.
Go to the Christian Working Mom Blog and the article
will be posted there and you can leave your comments.
Also, in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving
this month. I would encourage you to start a tradition
this year with the little ones and the big ones. Give
everyone a piece of paper to write what they are thankful
for; you can help the little ones write their thankful
thoughts. Then, put them in a hat or bowl. Have everyone
pull one out and read them, one by one. What a great
way to share Thanksgiving and to give thanks to God
for all our blessings.
Till next time,
Kimberly Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
She is the author of 2 ebooks that can be found at www.christianworkingmom.com.
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