Not as in Thanksgiving Turkey or The country… but topics that can range anywhere from biting nails, to playground character, upcoming events, friend issues, hair style, Faith questions, or other delicate matters.
My younger son is one of the most expressive young boys you may meet. He is a compassionate soul that thinks deep thoughts and often has a quick response to any question posed to him.
He often cracks me up without trying to do so.
I like it!
Several weeks ago I got brave and asked him a couple of questions….
“tell me one thing I do well….and one thing you would like to see me improve on”.
He thought for only a second and said, “well I like that you admit when your wrong and ask me to forgive you….but the second one, I’ll need to get back with you on that…”
It took him only another minute.
“Well, I hate to say this but sometimes when you get tired you can be grumpy”.
Me…”yes, I’m sorry for that. I will try to do better”.
He…”but don’t worry about it, it’s not often”.
I love that he was trying to protect his Mommy’s feelings.
I like to ask them questions to stay engaged.
Sometimes I just don’t know what to ask…
Do you ever feel that way?
I ran across this list of questions and thought I needed to copy it down, so that in my spare minutes, on the way to school,or the store, or before bed, I can shoot a new question to them.
Here they are…
23 Great Questions to Ask Your Children
By Sharon Jaynes
1. What do you think heaven looks like?
2. What does Dad do at work?
3. Who is a person you know that seems the most Christ-like?
4. What do you think your wife (husband) will be like?
5. If you were going to spend one year on a desert island and could only take three things with you, what would they be?
6. Who is your favorite aunt or uncle and why do you like him or her so much?
7. What sounds and smells do you think Joseph and Mary experienced in the stable on Christmas night?
8. What is the nicest thing I ever did for you?
9. When is a time that I hurt your feelings?
10. When is a time that you were really mad at me?
11. If people followed the Golden Rule, think of all the things we wouldn’t need. Can you make a list?
12. If you could be in a movie that you’ve already seen, which one would it be? Would you be a character that is already in the movie, or would you be one that you would add?
13. How is love different for a Christian couple than it is in the movies?
14. What is the difference between being smart and being wise?
15. What is your favorite outfit?
16. What is the hardest part about being (fill in your child’s age)?
17. What has been your favorite childhood memory?
18. When you pray, how do you picture God?
19. What is your favorite Bible verse? Why do you like it?
20. If you could be an animal for a day, which one would you be?
21. If you could go in a time machine, what era in history would you like to visit?
22. What person in history would you like to visit?
23. What is the most important decision you will ever make?
© Revive Our Hearts. Sharon Jaynes. Used with permission by Moody Publishers
I think I might try a couple of these this week.
I may get some pretty colorful answers.
And better yet, I will connect with them, getting inside thier noggin for just a minute.
Do you have some good questions you ask your kids?