60 Questions for Grandparents

Updated: Sep 7

It's time to dust off the blog.


This pandemic, heck this whole year, still has me feeling all sorts of ways. If there was one thing that 2020 has reminded me on a daily basis it's that life is fragile, full of unknowns, and out of our control. But most importantly time is precious and we need to treasure the time spent with our families!




I want my boys to know their family story.


I want to document the traditions and lessons that have made their grandparents and great grandparents who they are today. I want my boys to learn about their life, views on love, their challenges and accomplishments, and lastly how they wanted to be remembered.


Grandparents are angels on this earth. Can I get an AMEN? It's my plan to send out this list of 50+ questions to each of the grandparents and ultimately turn their stories into books so that the boys can hold on to these and treasure them as they get older.


QUESTIONS:


Childhood:

  1. What is your full name?

  2. What is your birthday? Did your parents tell you anything about the day you were born?

  3. Where were you born + where did you grow up?

  4. What comes to mind when you think about your hometown?

  5. What was the apartment or house like that you grew up in?

  6. Can you describe the neighborhood you grew up in?

  7. Tell us about your parents. - Where were they born? - When were they born? - What memories do you have of them?

  8. How many siblings do you have? Tell us about them.

  9. Did you have any pets growing up? Tell us about them.

  10. What’s your first, most vivid memory?

  11. What do you remember most about your childhood?

  12. What kinds of things did you do for fun when you were a child?

  13. What were your hobbies? What are your hobbies now?

  14. What were you like as a child? How are you still like that now?

  15. What sorts of things got you in trouble when you were a kid?

  16. What sticks out the most when thinking about your childhood or teenage years?

  17. What is the biggest difference in today's world versus the one you grew up in?

  18. What did you want to be when you grew up?

  19. How were holidays celebrated in your family when you were a kid?

  20. Describe a person or situation you remember from childhood that had a profound effect on the way you look at life.

  21. What was your first job?

Family Life

  1. What do you remember most about your mother?

  2. What do you remember most about your father?

  3. What’s your most cherished family tradition? Did you start your own traditions?

  4. What do you know about the origins of our family?

  5. What is the most important thing you learned from your parents or siblings?

  6. What piece of advice did you receive from your parents that has stuck with you throughout life?

Adulthood

  1. What were the different jobs you had growing up? Your favorite ones?

  2. Where’s the most interesting place you’ve traveled to?

  3. How did you meet Grandma/Grandpa? Tell us about your relationship. Your favorite memories + your relationship now.

  4. What is the key to a successful relationship?

  5. What brings you the greatest joy?

  6. Do you have a bucket list? Tell us what's on it!

  7. What do you love the most?

Parenting

  1. What three words best described your approach to parenting?

  2. What do you remember about the early years of parenting?

  3. What do you love most about being a parent?

Life Experiences

  1. If you were writing the story of your life, how would you divide it into chapters?

  2. What has been the best part of your life so far?

  3. What makes you happy?

  4. What’s your happiest or proudest moment?

  5. Tell us about one of your favorite memories.

  6. What were some of the funniest moments of your life?

  7. What were some of the saddest moments of your life?

  8. What do you consider to be the biggest success? Biggest Challenges?

  9. What’s the most difficult thing that ever happened to you? How did you deal with it?

  10. What do you think the turning points have been in your life?

  11. What was the scariest moment of your life?

  12. Are there times of your life that you remember more vividly than others?

  13. What kind of adventures did you go on? How did they shape your life?

  14. What were the three best decisions you ever made?

  15. What is your biggest regret?

  16. What have been the most influential experiences in your life?

  17. What, if anything, would you have done differently in your life?

  18. What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you were young?

  19. Over time, how have you changed the way you look at life/people?

  20. Do you have a philosophy of life?

Advice

  1. What’s your best piece of advice you would like to pass onto your children and grandchildren?

  2. What would you like your children and grandchildren to remember about you? If you could write a message to each of your children and grandchildren and put it in a time capsule for them to read 20 years from now, what would you write to each?

  3. How do YOU want to be remembered?

I plan to wrap up the book with the following:

  1. I am most grateful for...

  2. What I most remember and cherish about you is...

  3. These are some of the approaches to life that I think you have passed on to us...

  4. I love you because...

  5. Thank you for...

  6. Here are some ways we will remember you...

Thanks for sticking around as I navigate this new chapter of motherhood. Going from 1 to 2 kids has been keeping me B U S Y. But I'm here and feeling like myself again. Can't wait to show you guys these family history books as they come in. Have a feeling these will be the best Christmas presents yet. XO



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