120 Questions for Parents

Vital Statistics

Where were you born?  When?  Why was the family living there?  Where else did they live?  Why

Where have you lived?  When?  Why were you living there?  Why did you move?

When were you baptized (christened)?

When were you married (divorced)?

Family

Who are your parents?  Your grandparents?  What do you know about them?

What are your childhood memories of your grandparents?

What are your childhood memories of your parents?

When and how did your grandparents die?  Your parents?  How did you feel?

Who are your children and grandchildren?  Where do they live?  What do they do?

What do you enjoy about your children and grandchildren?

Growing Up

What did you enjoy doing as a child?  What was your most fun experience?  Why?  Who else was with you?

What did you dislike most as a child?  Why?

Who were your friends as a child?  What do you remember about them?

Where did you go to school?  Elementary, secondary, college?

Who were your favorite teachers?  Why?

What adults had a particular influence for good or bad on you?

What activities (sports, music, dance, etc.) did you participate in while you were growing up?  What were some of your experiences with these activities?

What were you good at?  What were you poor at?

What summer jobs did you have growing up?  What did you like (dislike) about them?

Professional/Vocational

What jobs have you had during your life?  When?  Where?

What did you do on these jobs?

What did you find rewarding about these jobs?  Why?

What did you find most boring or demeaning in the job?  Why?

Who were your supervisors?  Which did you like?  Why?  Which did you dislike?  Why?

Who were your co-workers?  Which did you like?  Why?  Which did you dislike?  Why?

If you had to do it over, would you chose the same career?  Why?  What career would you chose?  Why?

Values

Who are the people now living you most respect and admire?  Why?  What were some experiences you had with them?

Who are the people now gone you most respected and admired?  Why?  What were some experiences you had with them?

What are the things you value most?  Why?

What things make you most happy?  Why?

What things make you most angry?  Why?

What things make you most unhappy?  Why?

What things frighten you most?  Why?

What things give you peace of mind and contentment?  Why?

What lessons has life taught you that you would want your children or grandchildren to understand and learn from?  How did you learn these lessons?

What accomplishments in your life are you most proud of?  Why?

What regrets do you have about your life?  Why?

What would you do differently if you could?  Why?

How would you like to be remembered?

How do you think you will be remembered?

Interests/Hobbies

What are your interests and hobbies outside of your work?

Why do you enjoy them?

Which are you best at?

Religious/Spiritual

What church(es) do you (have you) belong(ed) to?  What are (were) they like?

Why did you become involved in the church(es)?

How did you participating in them make you feel?  Why?

What is your understanding of God?  How did you arrive at that understanding?

What do you feel your relationship is to God?  Do you (how do you) communicate with god?

What are the experiences in your life that have brought you closer to God?  Why?

What are the experiences in your life that have moved you away from God?  Why?

What do you feel happens to us when we die?

What is the meaning and purpose of life?