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31 Questions You Need To ask Mom And Dad, While You Still Have Time

Once they're gone, so are their stories, answers and explanations.

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Earlier, I stumbled across a BuzzFeed video in which an individual has a super deep conversation with their mother and asks intimate questions in order to get to know her even better — while she's still happy, healthy, and here on this earth. Before clicking on this video, I was already intrigued but it also hit a few heartstrings because while watching it, it got me thinking about the reality of life itself.

As an only child, I have a very close relationship with my parents, especially with my mother. My mother is practically my best friend, who I share many, many stories and experiences with. Yet, I feel as if I only know half of the things my mother tells me, along with my father — meanwhile they know every single experience and lesson I endure since they have a front row seat of watching me grow as a person.

I mean yes, I have had those occasional, brief story times along with deep conversations here and there with my parents. Although sometimes I feel like there's so much more I should know or perhaps, need to know about my parents. I feel like nowadays, we are constantly missing opportunities to actually sit down with our parents and talk about their lives, experiences, and outlooks on things.

On top of that, we sometimes also seem to forget that our parents aren't going to be here forever — which is why we of course neglect that fact, because it is an upsetting thought. However, I feel like this fact should drive us to not only spend more time with them but to also ask them questions we've always been curious about before it's too late. Because once they're gone, so are those answers, experiences, and opinions we failed to speak about.

So, for us to get the answers, explanations, and stories we want to know about, here are important questions to spark these deep discussions:

1. Was there a career path you would've wanted to take other than the one you chose?

2. If I were a boy/girl, what would you have named me?

3. How did you meet mom/dad?

4. How old were you when you experienced your first true love? What was it like?

5. What happy memory will you cherish forever?

6. What were you like as a kid?

7. What were some of the hardest obstacles you've faced in life?

8. What were your dreams as a kid?

9. What are you most proud of in your life?

10. Is there anything you would change about yourself if you were given the chance?

11. Do you have any regrets?

12. What have you always wanted to tell me, but haven't had the courage to?

13. How did you know that mom/dad was the one?

15. Do you believe in soulmates?

16. What's your biggest fear?

17. What kind of parent did you think you would be? And what kind of parent do you think you ended up being?

18. Tell me about the time when you found out you were going to have me.

19. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

20. What is your favorite memory from my childhood?

21. What's your favorite thing about being a parent?

22. How did you deal with coming of age?

23. How many serious relationships were you in before you settled down (if you did)? What were they like?

24. What was your first heartbreak like?

25. When do you think you officially grew up?

26. Were you scared of adulthood?

27. Was adulthood what you expected?

28. What is some advice you would give to your past self?

29. What are some life lessons you have learned?

30. What's something you always wanted to do but didn't ― and why didn't you?

31. What have YOU always wanted to ask ME?

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