15 Questions Your Child Wants to Answer

By: Samantha MacDonald, Web & Social Media Specialist, ParentFurther

You probably ask your kids questions every day. What do you want for supper? Have you cleaned your room yet? These kind of questions require short and to-the-point answers.

So you know your son wants mac and cheese for supper, but how does he feel about the world? Or your neighborhood?

Sunday, June 22, is “Listen To A Child Day” and a perfect time to ask your kids the big questions and start in-depth discussions about what matters to them.

Not sure where to start? Here are 15 questions from Propellers: Quick Questions to Launch Good Conversations to get the ball rolling:

  1. Who is your hero? What makes that person your hero?
  2. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to decide whether or not to stand up for what you believed in? What did you do?
  3. Have you made any specific plans for your future? What does your future look like?
  4. What actions are you taking now to make the world a better place in the future?
  5. What is the nicest compliment you ever received from an adult?
  6. Do you think our community is a good place to grow up in? If so, describe what makes it a good place. If not, what would make it better?
  7. What are the worst problems in the world today that you wish you could do something about?
  8. What do you think adults misunderstand about young people? How could you help them to understand better?
  9. In your opinion, how important is it to dream and set goals? Why?
  10. What is the trait you like most about each member of our family?
  11. At this point in your life, what do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
  12. What is the most pressing issue at your school right now? How would you address it?
  13. How do you feel when someone pushes you to do your best?
  14. If you could describe your ideal day, what would it be like?
  15. What does it take to be a leader? Do you think you are a leader? Who do you think is a good leader?

Tell us: What other big questions do you have for your kids?

Photo Credit: Scott McLeod on Flickr.


Well I’m a teenager and I think all of those questions are way too English-class-like. I know I wouldn’t want to answer any of them unless I were sitting in school. And no normal elementary kid would understand what an “accomplishment” is or what you mean by future, other than aspiring to be Cinderella or Spiderman. So yeah nope.


um noo…..

I love it


Very introspective, great list! I especially like #11.

Great for teenagers and upper elementary, but not for elementary kids….

[...] 15 Questions Your Child Wants to Answer. By: Samantha MacDonald, Web & Social Media Specialist, ParentFurther You probably ask your kids questions every day. [...]


Samantha, this is an extraordinary list! It needs to be shared everywhere for every parent to see and use. I will ask many of these questions to my teenage grandchildren. The keys to open communication are to provide undivided attention and to listen carefully and reflect, verbally or non-verbally, what they say.

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