20 Questions Grandparents Never Get Sick of Hearing
Grandparents Day provides an annual reminder that our aging family members have plenty of memories and wisdom to share.
As someone with more than a hint of the storyteller in me, I was never one of those children who complained about hearing my grandparents’ stories. I was thrilled to hear my grandfather talk about his Navy days on the U.S.S. West Virginia or training in Hawaii, before and during World War II. When he picked me up after school, I’d smile when he’d tell me he had to walk miles to school in the Iowa snow, after getting up at the crack of dawn to do chores on the farm. Later, as an adult, I realized just how precious those moments of sharing were.
Questions to Ask on Grandparents Day
Grandparents Day will soon be here, and the day makes me think about how much grandparents welcome the opportunity to share their experiences, guidance and memories, if only they’re provided with a willing ear.
Part of that process is asking the right questions — whether you’re just looking for a conversation starter or an interview.
So, consider using these questions to engage your grandparents and learn more about your family legacy this Grandparents Day:
- Did you go to college? What did you study? If you didn’t go to college, do you wish you had had the opportunity? What did you do instead?
- Did you have any pets growing up?
- Did you live in a house or an apartment? What was it like? What was your room like?
- Do you know any stories about the history of the family name, or the origins of the family?
- How many brothers and sisters do you have? What are their names? What do you remember about them from growing up?
- How did you meet your spouse? How old were you when you met/got engaged/got married? What was the wedding like?
- What are the most difficult and most rewarding things about growing older?
- What big world events were the most memorable while you were growing up?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- What do you remember about your parents? Your grandparents?
- What do you want your children and grandchildren to remember about you?
- What kinds of clothes, hobbies, slang terms were popular when you were a teenager?
- What life advice would you pass along to your grandchildren?
- What was your favorite thing about school? Least favorite? What were your friends like? Who was your favorite teacher, and what was your favorite subject?
- What were your children like when they were growing up?
- What were your favorite games and hobbies? Did you play any sports? What else did you do for fun?
- What was your first job? What was your favorite job?
- What’s your favorite book or movie and why? What was your favorite when you were young?
- Where and when were you born? Did your parents ever share their memories with you about the day you were born?
- Who were your heroes or role models when you were young?
However you choose to celebrate Grandparents Day, it’s valuable for us all to remember how important it is to spend time with our older relatives, connect with our family heritage and create new memories to share together and pass on to future generations.
Does your family observe Grandparents Day with any special activities? Share your Grandparents Day memories and suggestions in the comments below.
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