Inter-generational relationships are one of the most beautiful gifts in the world. The relationship between grandparent and grandchild is precious in so many different ways. Yet, how well do we really know them? As we celebrate Grandparents Day today, we felt the timing was perfect to put together a great list of questions to ask your grandparents to help us all learn more about these amazing persons who hold the key to our family history.
What greater Grandparents Day gift could there be than to spend some quality time with grandma or grandpa and talk to them about some of the most important moments and memories in their life? It’s vital that you seize this opportunity before it’s too late.
While one’s life history certainly can never fit into a single afternoon discussion, the following list of questions may very well spark some conversation-starters to get your grandparents talking about one special era of their life, whether it be childhood dreams, school experiences, or becoming parents and grandparents. (Be sure to take good notes or better yet, record their answers!)
Feel free to print this list of questions to ask your grandparents, or improvise according to your own family situation:
Childhood and School
- Where were you born? What was your house like?
- What is your earliest memory? Why do you think you remember this particular instance?
- Did you have a nickname?
- What kinds of games did you play growing up? Did you have a favorite toy?
- What was your favorite family meal?
- Who was your first best friend, and how did you meet? Do you still keep in touch?
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- What was your favorite subject in school and who was your favorite teacher?
Marriage and Children
- When and how did you meet your spouse? What did you do on dates? When did you know you were going to marry him/her?
- What memory stands out the most from your wedding day?
- What do you believe is the key to a successful marriage?
- What made you decide to become a parent?
- Why did you choose your children’s names?
- What was your proudest moment as a parent?
- What did you enjoy doing together as a family?
- How was having grandchildren different from having children? What do you enjoy most about being a grandparent?
- What is your favorite song?
- What is the best advice you were ever given, and did you follow it?
- If there was one moment in your life you could relive, what would it be and why?
- What was your profession and how did you choose it? What was your first job?
- If you could have had any other profession, what would it have been? Why wasn’t it your first choice?
- Of all the things you learned from your parents, what do you think was the most important?
- What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?
- Tell me one thing you’ve never told anyone else before.
Interviewing a grandparent can be not only a lot of fun, but informative and eye-opening as well. This may even become a fun annual Grandparents Day tradition. By focusing on a new topic or area of life each year, you will be able to get a more in-depth perspective while strengthening your relationship with each other. And your grandparents will love this trip down memory lane.
And if your grandparents are no longer with you, now is a great time to sit down and write what you do remember about them to make sure those memories are captured for generations that follow you.
What’s the greatest lesson you learned from your grandparents?