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100 Questions to Ask Your Kids

100 Questions for Parents to Ask Kids
1. Tell me the five best things about you.

2. What does the word "success" mean to you?

3. Why do kids put rings in their eyebrows and nose?

4. If you could tell me never to serve two vegetables again, which two would you choose?

5. Who do you think I'd rather you be: an NBA ballplayer, the mayor, a famous explorer, or a movie star? Why?

6. Which of your friends do you think I like the most? Why?

7. On a scale of one to nine – one being not at all and nine being totally – how strict do you think I am? Where on the scale would you like me to be? (Parents: you can draw this on paper to make it easier for smaller children.)

8. What would be the ideal allowance? Tell me how you would use it.

9. Who was the worst teacher you ever had? Tell me why.

10. What would the ideal teacher be like?

11. If you had to have one of these, which would pick – and why? Really long nose hairs, hair in your ears, hair above your lip, massively hairy armpits!

12. How much privacy would you like? What time of the day would you like to be alone, and why?

13. Which one of our friends is the funniest looking? Why?

14. If you could arrange it, what time would I come home from work? Then, what would we do together?

15. Can you think of any clothes that I should never put on again? Why?

16. Do you think I drink too much? Have I ever embarrassed you that way?

17. Which of the following choices do you think would be best, and why?

  1. Dinner with everyone at the table and the TV on with your favorite program
  2. Dinner in which everybody took what they wanted from the fridge and no one had the same thing
  3. Dinner with the whole family together and no TV on
18. If a genie would give you only one wish, which would you pick, and why?
  1. being world-class attractive
  2. being a genius
  3. being famous for doing something great
19. If you are feeling sad, what meal that I could make or order would be the one that would cheer you up?

20. Are you afraid when we fly?

21. Tell me who you think are the three greatest musicians in the world? Why?

22. What punishment have I given you that you thought was really unfair? Why?

23. If you could change three things about yourself, what would they be?

24. At what age do you think a child ought to be tried as an adult if he has hurt someone very badly? Why?

25. If you could keep your room any way you wanted, how would it look?


From the book 201 Questions to Ask Your Kids by Pepper Schwartz, published by HarperResource, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Copyright © 2000 by Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

Buy the book at www.harpercollins.com.

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