Conversation Starters for Grandchildren

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Conversation Starters for Grandchildren 

We all know how important it is to spend time with family and to keep in touch with our elderly loved ones. There are times, however, when we find ourselves caught in situations of awkward silence as conversation topics run out. Here, we have a list of questions that you, as grandchildren, can ask your grandparents! With these, you no longer have to talk only about your studies, work, or the weather anymore. 

Personal Questions 

Learn more about your grandparents through these questions! Listen to them as they share interesting details about their childhood and the experiences that shape the people they are today. You’d be surprised at how little you actually know them. You might even see them in a different light! 

  • How did you get your name? Do you have any nicknames? 
  • Where were you born? What was your house like as a child?
  • Have you owned any pets? What was your first pet?
  • What was your first job?
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? 

Questions about Family

In the past, were your parents as well-behaved as they claim to be? What kinds of teenagers were they? No one is more suited to answer these questions than their very own parents. Get your grandparents to spill the tea and share about important milestones! 

  • How did your family spend time together when you were young?
  • How did you meet grandma/grandpa? How did your marriage proposal go?
  • What was your wedding like? Where was it held and who was your best man/woman?
  • Do you have a favorite family vacation memory?
  • Tell me about the day when my mum/dad was born

Questions about School

Times certainly have changed since the days your grandparents went to school. While the generational gap may be stark, it is eye-opening to hear about life before smartphones. 

  • What did your friends do for fun when you were young? Did you have a best friend?
  • What schools did you attend? Did you have any after school activities?
  • What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
  • Did you get an allowance? How much was it and what did you spend your money on?
  • Did you ever get in trouble as a student? 

Tips to Engage Grandparents in Conversations

1. Give them an update on your life

Besides asking them about their lives, don’t forget to share about what’s going on in yours as well. Make them feel involved. If possible, ask them for advice! Tap into their wealth of experience as seniors. 

2. Be thoughtful about how you have conversations with them 

As their speech and hearing deteriorate, it can get frustrating when messages are no longer transmitted as smoothly and accurately as before. Put in conscious effort to speak louder, and enunciate your words carefully. Use simple terms and stick to one topic at a time to avoid confusion. 

3. Appreciate the opportunities you have 

Remember that even a short conversation can make a huge difference to them. Take time to reach out to them regularly, and be present when doing so. 


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