10 Minutes / 10 Questions to Ask Your Kids this Thanksgiving

Posted November 20, 2008 by

Here’s a great project for all Moms and Dads to do with their kids this Thanksgiving. I want you to play the “interviewer”… like a news reporter. But this time, the celebrity you are about to interview is your child. This is a great way to start some real conversations with your kids. (Anyone taking a long car ride this holiday?) It’s also a good way to practice the art of listening — something we all need a reminder to do once in awhile. Take a look at these 10 questions and please blog back your (or your child’s) answers to share with other readers of EP: You might be surprised at what you hear!

1. Who is your current hero… and why?
2. Do you remember your first birthday or Christmas..What was it like for you?
3. Speaking of holidays, what is your favorite part about Thanksgiving?
4. What is your favorite and least favorite food at Thanksgiving?
5. Who is your favorite relative to see during the holidays?
6. What will you be most thankful for this Thanksgiving?
7. If you had $1 dollar to give anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?
8. What is one thing that you do with Dad/Mom now that makes you happy?
9. What would you grow up to be if you had to choose today?
10. If you could ask your Dad/Mom to do one thing differently, what would it be?

This worked out so well with my kids that I decided to interview my dad, too. Here’s the link to the video interview.  Now let us know how your interviews go, and what you learn about your family this Thanksgiving.


RJ Jaramillo is a single father of three and the founder of www.singledad.com. While facing the daily challenges of raising three children on his own after his divorce, RJ realized how few resources were available to help him during this journey. He started SingleDad.com in 2007. RJ lives in Southern California with his family.

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  1. Dar Report

    How about getting a plain tablecloth and every Thanksgiving have every family member write with fine permanet marker what they are thankful for. Use the same tablecloth year after year and add on to it. Happy Thanksgiving everyone…be thankful. xo

  2. maximac Report

    This is great! I made a spreadsheet with each family members’ name on the left side and the days of the week across the top. Each person is to write something they are thankful for on each day. Some of us are a little more spiritual than others however, it has started a spirit of thanksgiving in our home. I may continue it until Christmas and have some fun with it. Everyone is anxious to show everyone else what it is they are thankful for. I am pleased they are participating.
    I LIKE your idea Singledad b/c we can use it in the car on the long drive we have, too!

  3. Teacher Mom Report

    I loved this idea so much, I shared it with all the parents in my fifth grade class. We all need to treasure this time we get to slow down and be with our children on Thanksgiving and a concrete list like this allows us to do so!

  4. Elisabeth Report

    Hey RJ, I love this idea. I’m going to interview my son and husband on the looooong drive to my outlaws (er, inlaws) tomorrow. My favorite question (and the one I’m most scared to ask)is #10.

    Happy Thanksgiving!



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