Conversation Starters for Kids and Teens

Conversation starters for kids and teens Part of Raising Resilience in kids is teaching them how to openly communicate and express their feelings. Having open conversations regularly helps kids learn that it’s normal and OK to talk about everything, including any and all feelings. Try using these prompts to get the conversation started.  

These prompts are meant for grown-ups and kids to use together. These open-ended questions provide a great opportunity to practice communication and emotional expression.

Here are some tips for using these conversation starters:

  • Use these prompts whenever you have a free moment—after dinner, riding in the car or anytime you’re with your child—as a way to connect in positive ways.
  • Avoid forcing anyone to participate or share how they’re feeling (when using these cards and always).
  • Create a safe space for everyone to speak openly.
  • Remember that everyone’s feelings are real and valid, even if you don’t feel the same way or agree with them. 

  • How are you feeling right now? Has your mood changed throughout the day?
  • What do you feel excited about?
  • What’s one thing you feel grateful for?
  • What’s a time you felt sad? How did you cope (or make yourself feel better)?
  • What makes you feel better when you’re upset?
  • What’s something that makes you feel nervous? How do you manage it?
  • What are you scared of? How do you overcome that fear? 

  • What was the best part of your day?
  • What was the hardest part of your day? How did you navigate it?
  • What are you looking forward to?
  • What’s the funniest thing that happened today?
  • What’s something that makes you laugh?
  • What’s something that’s hard for you? How do you work through it?
  • What’s one way you helped someone today?
  • Who can you talk to when you need help?
  • What are two things you’re good at? What’s one thing you’d like to work on?
  • What’s something nice someone has done for you? What’s something nice you’ve done for someone else? 

  • If you had a superpower, what would it be? Why?
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
  • What’s one of your favorite places to visit?
  • What’s one of your favorite memories?
  • If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be? What would you be doing? Or, who would you be with?
  • What’s your favorite song? What does the song mean to you? Or, how do you feel when you listen to it?
  • What’s one of your favorite activities?
  • If you could wish for two things, what would they be?
  • If you could be a character from a book or movie, who would you be? How are they similar or different than you? 

Take these conversation starters with you on-the-go. Download, print and cut out our printable conversation starter cards so you can use them anytime you need help getting the conversation started.