My dad passed away late last year from a stroke and I was very grateful I made a strong effort to continue to invest in our relationship over the years.
I asked him questions, learned more about his life story, and made the effort to spend quality time with him when I normally would have been too busy working on my own life to have time for my parents.
Also looking back in hindsight there were things I could have done better and questions I wish I asked him.
My friend good friend, business partner, and coach Jairek Robbins came up with a list of ’21 important questions to ask your parents while they are still here’ and I thought there were some great ones on it to share with you.
Here they are:
- What do you remember most about your mom and dad?
- If grandma and grandpa had a message for you and their grandchildren, what do you think it would be?
- How did you choose your career and what was your favorite part about it?
- What made you successful at work?
- What’s your wow factor (what makes you uniquely you) and what are the moments that helped shape it?
- What’s a moment that made you feel incredibly humble?
- What’s your greatest fear?
- What’s an awe-inspiring moment?
- Which 3 events most shaped your life?
- What do you remember about when each of us was born?
- Were you ever scared to be a parent?
- What 3 words represented your approach to parenting and why?
- What message do you have for your [spouse] that you want her/him to always keep in mind?
- Which 3 words best describe how you want to be remembered?
- What do you think the world needs more of right now?
- What do you believe people want the most in life?
- What were the 3 best decisions you ever made?
- What are you most proud of in life?
- What were 5 of the most positive moments of your life?
- What message would you like to share with your family?
- What are you most thankful for?