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Writing Dad’s Life Story: 10 Questions to Ask Him in an Interview

One of the best ways to show people you love them is to show interest in their lives, asking them questions about their hobbies, interests, dreams, goals, etc. We just celebrated Father’s Day this past weekend, but just because the American holiday has passed, that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to celebrate dad. Why not show him love and respect throughout the year by conversing with him about his life? You can take his stories and write them down inside of your FamilyArc archive to be shared at family celebrations in the future.

Here are ten interview questions to help you get started.

10 Questions to Ask Your Dad in an Interview

  1. What childhood experiences shaped you the most? Why? What did you learn from them?
  2. Tell me about the house(s) you grew up in. What do you remember about each of them?
  3. How did you meet Mom? What was your first impression of her?
  4. How have you raised your children similarly to how you were raised? What have you tried to do differently?
  5. What are some of the most challenging aspects of being a parent for you?
  6. How did you get into your current line of work? What are your thoughts about your current line of work?
  7. What was the most rewarding (and/or hardest) period of your career journey?
  8. What was the most significant event of your 20? 30s? 40s? etc.? How did these events change you?
  9. At this stage in your life, what are some of your best family memories?
  10. Finish this sentence: “In my life, I am most proud that…”

These questions represent just a small sampling of the questions you could ask your dad. You could also ask about where he went to elementary school, the pets he had when he was young, the family vacations he went on. Ask about his relationships to his siblings, parents, and grandparents. Ask about his most important values and the dreams he has for his family. Once you get started, you may find this “interview” process far easier than you imagined!

Bonus Interview Tip:

The word “interview” might make your dad (or you!) nervous. If that’s the case, avoid the word entirely. Call it what it is—a conversation. Or better yet, just ask your first question and let the discussion unfold naturally.

Want a little extra advice or assistance with your family interviews? Click here to schedule a consultation with a FamilyArc representative.

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