Grandkids are capable of deep, meaningful conversations as much as senior citizens are. But how do we start that? Some of my best memories as a child are the conversations I had with my grandparent’s swinging on their porch swing at their farmhouse on Sebree Road, in Stamping Ground, Kentucky.
Today, a grandparent myself, I cherish those conversations. So how do you start a deep conversation with you grandchildren? It may be as simple as asking them to read these two paragraphs, watch the video below, and then ask them, so what would you like to talk about?
(Sometimes we complicate things too much in our own mind, the direct approach seems to work out best, most of the time)
So, what would you like to talk about?
Enjoy and cherish you family, they are the only ones you have!
One of my favorite quotes that I talk about quite a bit in the personal development seminars we conduct is. “The quality of our life is in direct proportion to the quality of questions we ask ourselves, and the answer them, TRUTHFULLY. To Thy Own Self be True“.
Self discover, and discover of other comes from questions. If you are a grandchild that is looking for questions to ask your grandparent here are 25 questions to ask your grandparents, that may put you on the right track.
25 Questions to Ask Your Grandma (or Grandpa)
1. What was your favorite toy or activity as a child? Swinging and singing.
2. How many times have you been in love in your life? Kind of personal but I am sure the answer would provide valuable life lessons.
3. What was one of your favorite shows as a child? There were no shows. TV came to the United States in the 1950s. Today most homes have multiple TV sets, and videos streaming from all kinds of electronic devices. However TV was for the wealthy, not average people in the 1950’s.
4.If you could tavel to one place you have never been, where would that be?
5. What do you is your favorite TV Show?
6. What’s one of your favorite memories from childhood?
7. What did you want to be when you grew up?
8. What’s one of your favorite activities now?
8. What’s the best place you’ve traveled?
9. If you could have lived in a different place, where would it be?
10 If you could have lived in a different era, what would it be?
11. What is something you have done once, but would like to do again?
12. What is your biggest regret? Again this is personal, but I am sure can provide some life lessons. In working with many seniors most of the time their biggest regrets are centered around “Chances not Taken” so learn from that young people.
13. What’s one of your favorite memories of being a grandparent?
14. What are you thankful for?
15. Is there anything left on your bucket list?
16. What’s your favorite technological invention that occurred in your lifetime? .
17. What was your hometown like (where you grew up)?
18. If you could travel into space, would you?
19. Do you have a favorite age/stage in life?
20. Are there any secrets to living a long, fulfilling life?
21. If there’s any piece of advice that you feel you need to share, what would it be? (Use the gifts God gave you, you are here for a reason)
22. Who do you look forward to seeing the most in heaven?
23. What was your favorite job? I always liked my career in human resources. I would have gone on working, except Elmer was failing and I wanted to spend as much time as possible with him.
24. What’s one of your favorite memories of being a mom or dad? Washing dishes in the kitchen with one of the girls drying and telling me about school, friends, etc.
25. If you could start your life today, what would you do different?
Grandkids that do this 25 questions activity with their grandparents tell us they learn something new about their grand parents from every answer.
Our time together is short, and no matter how much you think you know someone, there’s always more to their story. Love, cherish and take care of your grandparents, they are the only one’s you will ever have.
Grandparents, can we remind you, that it never too late.