My favorite teacher in high school was my twelfth-grade literature teacher. In part, I liked the class simply because of the topic. But even more, the teacher knew how to ask me questions that made me think differently. We’d read a familiar text together and then he’d ask a question that would make me think about it from a whole different angle. Sometimes it was incredibly frustrating, but it was also empowering. I learned a lot about what I didn’t know as he asked questions.
As dads, we spend a lot of time thinking about what we ought to say to our sons. And when we want our sons to learn, we often spend a lot of time lecturing (I know I have). But I think the questions we ask them are just as important, if not more so. Questions don’t just require them to hold on to information, but to think critically. Here are 3 questions you need to ask your son regularly.