With people living longer, many of us are blessed to have more time with the older members of our families. It is important to make the most of this time by engaging with them, listening to their stories and learning from their experiences. We’ve put together a list of 15 different questions to ask loved ones to get the ball rolling!

  • Who were your heroes or role models growing up?
  • What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
  • Do you remember your first date?
  • What makes a relationship work?
  • Do you remember how you felt when you were told you were going to be a parent or grandparent?
  • What advice would you give to new parents?
  • Has there ever been a time when you’ve felt pure happiness?
  • What’s your biggest pet peeve?
  • How do you handle stress or difficult times?
  • What advice would you give to a young adult finding his/her way in the world?
  • Did you have a childhood fear?
  • What was your most embarrassing moment?
  • What sort of things did you do with your family growing up?
  • What family traditions or heirlooms would you like passed down?
  • Is there something you want to cross off your bucket list?

Don’t be afraid to dive beyond the typical “Where were you when…?” or biographical questions. You might be surprised with what you find!