50 Questions to Ask Your Kids

50 Questions to Ask Your Kids

Get beyond “How was your day?” with these new family conversation starters.


By: Heather Chaet

It’s 5:34 p.m. It’s a Thursday. My family is a little tuckered out as we settle around the dinner table, but I’m feeling pretty good about what is happening. We are actually sitting down to a meal together! With our hectic schedules lately, this is a huge achievement, especially since eating dinner together is one of the key ways a family can stay connected.

Without thinking, I let a certain question slip out of my mouth. My daughter’s response to said question? “Good.” I sigh. Her answer also could have been, “Fine.” Sometimes she gives just a shoulder shrug, as she chews, her mouth full of food.

Can you guess what question I asked her? Exactly. I asked her the dreaded, “How was your day?” You would think I would learn not to ask that question. Truth be told, after a typical crazy-busy day, I never know what I should ask her as we eat spaghetti or chicken or whatever I have attempted to whip up for dinner.

It’s tough to get the end-of-the-day convo going. If you need help, if you need a little boost to your family’s conversation mojo, check out these 50 (yes, 50!) questions to get out of the “How was your day?” rut and into some interesting discussions everyone will enjoy.

1. What are the qualities that make a good friend?

2. What is one thing you could have done better today?

3. If you had $100 to spend to help people, how would you spend the money?

4. If you could trade places with Mom or Dad for a day, what would you do differently?

5. If you were granted one wish, what would it be (and it can’t be for more wishes)?

6. What would you do to entertain yourself if you were stranded on an island?

7. If you were invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do?

8. What is one thing you couldn't live without?

9. What do you think college will be like?

10. What is your favorite smell?

11. If you could have dinner with anyone (past or present), whom would it be and why?

12. What is your favorite time of day? Why?

13. What living person do you most admire -- and why?

14. Name three qualities you would find in a great teacher.

15. Look into the future. Where will you be in 10 years?

16. If you could live in any home in a TV show or movie, which home would you choose?

17. What should we do more of as a family?

18. If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?

19. If you could go anywhere in the world for a vacation, where would it be?

20. If you could pick your own name, what would it be?

21. Name one thing that you would never sell, for any price.

22. If you could be a famous person for a week, whom would you be? Why?

23. If you could get rid of one thing on this earth forever, what would it be?

24. What is something you want to learn how to do? Why?

25. If you could go to one point in history, what time or event would you choose to visit?

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26. Which character in a book is most like you? Why?

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27. What color is the happiest color? What makes it happy?

28. How would you describe yourself to someone who has never met you?

29. How much money would it take for you to give up your favorite food forever?

30. The house is on fire! You only have five minutes to get out! What do you grab to take with you?

31. Name two things we do as a family that you love.

32. If you could only keep one toy, which one would you keep?

33. If money were no object, what would you like to collect?

34. If you could pick one event in our family’s history to go back and see, what would you choose?

35. If you had the attention of the world for just 10 seconds, what would you say?

36. What is your favorite type of weather?

37. What would you do with $1 million?

38. If you were the first person to greet an alien from outer space, what is the first thing you would say? What would you ask it?

39. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?

40. What is the best meal Mom or Dad cooks?

41. Look to the person on your right. Ask him or her any question!

42. What is something you have learned from a book?

43. If you were president, what would be the toughest part of the job? How about the most fun?

44. What's the most interesting thing you learned today?

45. How can you tell someone you love him or her without saying “I love you”?

46. You can spend one day being super big or super small. Which would you choose to be and why?

47. What is the most annoying thing you can thing of?

48. Create a new animal. What would it look like? How would it behave?

49. Let’s say there was a holiday to celebrate you. What would you have people do on that day?

50. What’s your favorite word?

(Bonus tip: Print out this article, cut the questions into little pieces of paper, and place them in a jar on the table, so they are always handy.)

How often do you have dinner together as a family?


Heather Chaet documents her mini parenting successes, epic mommy fails, and everything in between for a plethora (love that word!) of publications and websites such as CafeMom, New York Family, and AdWeek. While her online persona is found at heatherchaet.com, Heather lives in New York City with her film director husband and one insanely curious, cat-obsessed daughter.

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