20 Questions To Ask Your Grandchild And Then Show To Them When They’re 18

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In case you haven’t noticed (though if you have been around here for a while, I’m sure you have!), I LOVE asking my grandkids questions, as it lets them open up to me and showcases their personalities! Recently, I had a fun idea: I want to begin asking them questions that I can record, compile, and turn into a keepsake of sorts that I can give them when they turn 18! Much like opening a time capsule, these questions will hopefully bring back a flood of nostalgia and a host of smiles from both the grandkids and grandma. 

How should you compile these questions and answers? Well, any way you like!

You can write them down on a piece of paper, type them up, or make a book out of them – this is one of those projects that you can make as straightforward or elaborate as you please! (Trust me: No matter how you compile it, it will be a hit.)

You can take your time and ask them casually. When the time comes, it’ll be such a heartfelt, meaningful keepsake as they enter adulthood.

Here are the 20 questions I asked my grandkids – feel free to use as few or as many as you like and to add any that you may think of, too: 

  1. What is your favorite memory from the past year?
  2. What is one thing you are proud of accomplishing recently?
  3. What is one thing you hope to learn or achieve in the next year?
  4. If you had a magic wand, what is one thing you would change about the world?
  5. Who is someone you look up to, and why?
  6. What is a special tradition or event that you and your family enjoy together?
  7. Describe what you think life will be like in 10 years.
  8. What is one piece of advice you would give to your future self?
  9. What is something that you’re really good at doing?
  10. Describe a perfect day for you.
  11. What is a current trend or fad among your friends or at school?
  12. What is the most interesting or exciting place you have visited?
  13. What is one thing you are grateful for in your life right now?
  14. If you could meet any person from history, who would it be and why?
  15. What is one important lesson you have learned so far in life?
  16. How do you imagine technology will change in the future?
  17. What is one thing you are grateful for in your life right now?
  18. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  19. What is something you’re afraid of or worried about?
  20. Who are your best friends, and what do you like to do together?

Do you have older grandchildren who will be turning 18 sooner than later? You can still ask them these questions and gift them the answers later (like 21, 25, or 30). Our grandkids grow and change so quickly and often, making recording their thoughts even more critical. 

I hope you enjoy this keepsake idea as much as I do! It will still be a while before I give it back to them, but I look forward to their reactions and – hopefully – the flood of fun childhood memories that come with it. 

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