Children are a mystery – and what’s going on in their little heads is often as baffling as it is hilarious. But if the role of a parent is to try to bring them up to be as well-rounded and responsible as possible, then it helps to at least try to make sense of how they see the world.
Asking open-ended questions is a brilliant way to find out what they’re thinking and get to know and bond with your children. Plus, it can spark some entertaining conversations and keep the squabbling at bay around the dinner table.
Below are 25 questions every parent should ask their child. The answers might just surprise you…
1 Who’s your best friend?
2 What do you want to be when you grow up?
3 What football team do you support?
4 If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
5 What are the five best things about being you?
6 What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
7 If you had three wishes, what would they be?
8 What are the best and worst things about mum and dad?
9 Can you name one thing that scares you?
10 What do you do when you’re scared to make it less scary?
11 What’s the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?
12 Would you rather give up TV, chocolate or friends?
13 Who are your three best role models?
14 Who’s the worst person in the world?
15 What does heaven look like?
16 How do you describe me to your friends?
17 What is the most disgusting thing you can think of?
18 What is the first thing you can remember?
19 If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be and why?
20 If you could change one law, what would it be?
21 What’s the hardest thing about being a child?
22 If you could time-travel, where and when would you go?
23 Which five words describe you best – and which five words describe me best?
24 What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever heard?
25 What are three things you’ve learnt today?