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Life Lessons - 101 Questions guaranteed to start a conversation with your teenager

How to talk to your teenager

All though there is nothing inherently wrong with questions like “how was your day”  or “what did you learn in school today?” a parent can do so much more. It is a given that time for both parents and teenagers is precious and limited. These questions are designed to start a meaningful dialog between parents and their teenage children.  These questions can help transform drive time and meal time into quality time.

101 Questions guaranteed to start a conversation with your teenager


What music do you think has a bad message?

How old do you think you should be before you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?

Who is there in your life that you would take a bullet for?

What do you like to cook?

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?

What was the best vacation we went on?

Did you ever want to change your name? If is to what?

What fitness goals do you have?

If you where a police officer for one day what would you do with the authority?

If you could have lunch with anyone living who would it be?

What nickname do your friends call you?

What cause do you feel strongly enough about to protest?

Who do you try to impress?

If you had to act your age what behavior would you change?

If you could have a conversation with someone from history who would it be?

If you could live in any other country for 2 years where would you go?

On a scale of 1-10, how strict are your parents?

Where do you think we as a family should be more strict ?

Where do you think we as a family should be less strict ?

In what ways do you feel you are an adult?

What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

What do you respect about your mother/father?

Who is your favorite teacher? Why?

What would your dream job be?

If you could be a professional athlete what sport would you play?

What is the most generous gift you have ever received?

What was the last book you read?

What is the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

What is your warmest birthday memory?

What are the qualities that make a good friend?

When was the first time you took responsibility for someone else's mistake?

Do you believe a long distance relationship can work?

What do you do when you have to deliver bad news?

What is a question you would like to ask your mother/father but never have?

Which one of your friend lives the furthest away?

When in your life did you say "no" even though you really wanted to say "yes"?

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Not all questions will apply to all families. Some teens will be hesitant to answer some of the questions, this is natural and to be expected.  A parent should be careful not to be judgmental or criticize the answers that their  teenager gives. Listening with genuine interest will serve to keep the channels of communication open.

This set of questions is geared toward parents of teens. You may also want to see 75 Questions that will start a conversation with a teenager, which is designed for older adults to start a conversation with a teenager who is not their child.


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