Today is a special day to honor your Dad. There’s no better way to do that than to listen to him and hear what he has to say. My dad doesn’t like to talk about himself and tends to remain quiet on telling stories about his childhood, so hearing those memories takes a little coaxing. If you’re having trouble knowing where to begin, here are a few conversation starters to get the ball rolling.
- What did you like about your dad’s parenting style, and decide to emmulate when you had children of your own?
- How did you celebrate your dad on Father’s Day when you were a kid? What was your most memorable one?
- What was the biggest surprise after becoming a father?
- What was the most important quality for your children to have? How did you ensure they had that quality? (ex. Integrity, Gratitude, Honesty…)
- What brought you the most joy teaching your kids?
- What was the hardest lesson for you and your child?
- What was the scariest part of being a father?
- How many places did you live growing up? Where were they?
- What do you miss about your childhood?
- What do you remember about your parents?
- What’s your earliest childhood memory?
- Tell me about a time when you got in trouble with your parents.
- What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
- How did you meet my mother?
- What’s the biggest difference between the world you grew up in, and the world today?
- What was your biggest struggle or challenge as a child?
- What do you want to do next Father’s Day?
- How did you get into [his career]? Was it what you expected or do you wish you did something else?
- What’s your most memorable Father’s Day?
- What advice would you give to a new Dad?
Remember to write his responses down in your journal while they’re fresh in your memory, but don’t try to do it while he’s still talking. Truly listening means focusing 100% on your Dad. Enjoy the conversation, ask questions, and show love and respect for the man who helped bring you into this world.
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