Today I made a point during our family supper of asking my kids what they did at school that day. At our house, supper tends to be a constant chorus of "Stop touching me" with a descant of "Sit down and eat your food, all of you!"
By asking what happened at school, I am hoping to stimulate a higher form of conversation, to remove some of the chaos by having a focused discussion, and to let my kids know that I'm genuinely interested in them.
And so I learned about "fractured" fairy tales, where they challenge the kids to take a traditional tale like Jack and the Beanstalk and twist it around into an alternate telling. Julie's rendition was The Bear and The Three Goldilocks.