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Writing Mom’s Life Story: 10 Questions to Ask Her in an Interview

As we discussed last week in our post about Writing Dad’s Life Story, one of the best ways to show people you care is by asking about their lives.

Moms are great at this, always asking us about our work, our friends, our kids, our dreams. But when was the last time you asked her about her life . . . especially about her life before you were born? You may be surprised what you learn! Here are ten interview questions for you to ask your mom.

10 Questions to Ask Your Mom in an Interview

  1. What favorite family stories did your parents tell about you from your childhood?
  2. What are some values you learned from your parents? Do you have any stories that go along with those values?
  3. How did you meet Dad? What was your first impression of him?
  4. What are the birth stories of your first/second/third/etc. children?
  5. What are some lessons you have learned from your children? What lessons have you tried to teach them?
  6. What has been your favorite job? Your hardest job?
  7. What line of work do you think you would have enjoyed trying if the opportunity had come up?
  8. What was the most significant event of your 20? 30s? 40s? etc.? How did these events change you?
  9. If you could pass one spiritual insight or lesson on to your children/grandchildren, what would it be?
  10. What are your hopes and dreams for yourself and your family for the next 10 years?

Remember that these questions are only designed to help you get started. Once you get the conversation rolling, feel free to improvise and ask any follow up questions that seem appropriate. This is your chance to pick Mom’s brain and soak in all the tips and advice she has tried to give in the past that you may or may not remember now.

Bonus Interview Tip:

Even if you have a great memory, you won’t be able to remember everything your mom says if you don’t find some way to take notes or record your conversation. The easiest, least obtrusive way to do this may be to download a digital recorder app to your phone. All you’ll have to do is tap “record” when you’re ready to start and then set the phone aside. That way, you can both focus more on your conversation and less on the fact that this is an “interview.”


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