Read and answer the following questions. When you’ve answered all the questions, ask your son or daughter or grandchild the same questions. How many did you get right? How well do you know them?
Donna is always anxious to sit down with our grandchildren and put each one on task. It is difficult to keep up with 11 grandchildren, and it is challenging because as the children age their favorites change, so it is a good idea for parents and grandparents to keep this list on hand and take the challenge every six months or so.
Who is your child’s best friend?
Who is one of your child’s favorite music groups or recording artists?
What famous person would your child like to meet?
Who is your child’s favorite teacher?
What is something your child really likes about you?
What would your child like you to do more often together?
What was your child’s biggest disappointment this last year?
What does your child want to do when he/she grows up?
Of what accomplishment is your child the most proud?
What is your child’s favorite meal?
Now kids, it’s your turn. How well do you know your parents? Read or have your parent read and answer the following questions, then, then ask your mom, dad or grandparent the same questions. How well did you do? How well do you know them?
Does your parent drink tea or coffee?
Does your mom or dad or grandparent put anything in it?
What food can’t your Mom or Dad stand?
Did Mom or Dad have a nickname as a child? What was it?
Name one or two of your parent’s best friends.
What does your Mom or Dad do to relax?
What was his or her favorite subject in school?
What extracurricular activities did he or she enjoy?
What one thing would your parents like to do with you more often?
What is something your Mom or Dad think is really special about you?
What is your Mom or Dad’s favorite family occasion?
Now that you’ve started sharing, continue to ask each other questions and talk to each other in your daily activities. Sometimes we take for granted that our children know more about each other as family members than they do.
When Donna’s Aunt Sis passed away in 1995, Travis was 17. He was at Donna’s Mother’s house answering the phone from family members. The phone had been ringing off the hook with what Travis thought were wrong numbers. Finally, he told his Grandmother that someone kept calling for “Lillie.” His Grandmother smiled and said, “That’s me, Travis.” Mother’s name was Lillie Katherine. She never liked the name Lillie and always went by Katherine. Growing up, most of her brothers had called her Lillie, although most of her family called her Katherine. This is just one example for getting to know your child and allowing your child to get to know you better.
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