“How was your day?”
“What happened at school?”
It’s the universal car pick-up conversation. The dinner table debate that goes nowhere.
You’ve been away from your beloved offspring for several hours. Surely, during that time, a whole lot of exciting stuff occurred. Tests were passed or failed, friends were lovely or cruel. Delicious food was devoured, puppies were patted, goals were scored, knees were scraped…
But somehow, when you ask the question, that’s all you get: “Nothing.” Often followed by the classic, “Stop asking me! Muuuuuuuuum!” leaving you with only a severe case of parental FOMO.
This is where smart parents come in.
The family live in Melbourne and they like to talk to their kids around the dinner table, too. So since their children were little, they’ve unlocked the day’s rundown with a simple game.
"It's called 3BT which stands for three beautiful things," she told podcast This Glorious Mess last week, and it starts with, "Let's find three good things in our day no matter what they are, big or small, exciting or mundane."
Susan says the motivation for playing 3BT was to encourage their children to look at life with gratitude. "I just don't want to raise entitled children," she says. "I don't think any of us do. It's okay for kids to be reminded that they have it pretty good..."
Hear Susan Carland talk about her family's daily tradition on podcast This Glorious Mess, here:
Editor Holly Wainwright then attempted it with her children.