To ask children of all ages:

  1. What do you think makes a person a good friend?
  2. If you were principal for a day and could change something about your school, what would it be?
  3. What are you best at? What do you wish you were best at?
  4. If you could time-travel, what time would you visit? What would you bring?
  5. What makes your family special? What makes YOU special?
  6. If a movie was made about your life, what would happen? How would the movie end?
  7. What is your favorite part of the day? What’s your favorite part of the week?
  8. If you could tell everybody in the world something, what would you tell them?
  9. What job looks like it’s the hardest? The most fun? What would be your favorite job?
  10. What do you like that most other people don’t? What do you not like that most people do?

To ask relatives and friends:

  1. What was your best day? Your worst?
  2. What book has most influenced you through the years? What movie?
  3. What are you most proud of in your life?
  4. Can you name one goal of your for the next few years? Do you have any plans to work towards it? Why or why not?
  5. What was the best piece of advice you ever received, and why?
  6. What was your scariest moment? Do you wish you’d handled it differently?
  7. What skill did you learn in school that’s been most useful?
  8. What are you most grateful for? Do you express that gratitude, and how?
  9. What would be your perfect day? Have you ever had a day like this?
  10. What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

To ask parents:

  1. How did you and mom/dad meet? Where did you do on your first date? When did you first realize that you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together?
  2. Who was your best friend when you were a child? What did you play together?
  3. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  4. Who did you name me and my siblings after and why? Can you tell us some stories about them?
  5. When you were a child, what would you have guessed 2017 would look like?
  6. What did you and your siblings do during summer break when you were a child?
  7. What was your first apartment like?
  8. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be and why?
  9. Did receive any awards when you were a child?
  10. If you could make one change in your life, what would it be?

To ask grandparents:

  1. Where did you and grandpa/grandma meet? Where did you go on your first date? Was it love at first sight?
  2. What was your favorite subject in school? Who was your favorite teacher?
  3. What was your bedroom like when you were a child? What details do you remember?
  4. Who are you named after? Do you remember any stories about them?
  5. What was your favorite holiday as a child? What did your family eat on that holiday?
  6. Who do the younger generations most resemble on our family tree?
  7. Do you know where your parents and grandparents grew up?
  8. What was your favorite book when you were little? Your favorite toy?
  9. Who did your family celebrate holidays with when you were a child? How did you travel to visit each other?
  10. If you could choose one skill to master in the next year, what would it be and why?