I know I was enthralled by my grandfather’s stories of cleaning the spittoons in his father’s saloon (especially when I learned what a spittoon was!). I’m grateful for those and other stories I was able to hear when I just got up the gumption to ask.

Grandparents are always greedy for details about their grandkids’ daily lives, sports teams, and school achievements, but they would certainly be tickled pink have their grandkids take a similar interest in them. Whether your children are fascinated by something they're learning about in history class or just curious about what childhood was like for their elders, asking an older generation can lead your children to captivating discoveries.

Some kids will have no problem talking with their grandparents, but others may need some conversation starters. Hopefully, one of these questions will spark some incredible insights into a generation your children may not have known much about.

  1. What do you remember about World War II, the Vietnam War, or the Korean War?

  2. What were my parents like when they were my age? (Warning: Watch out for grandparents who like telling embarrassing stories!)

  3. What toys did you play with when you were my age?

  4. What were your favorite and least favorite parts of school?

  5. What pets did you have when you were my age?

  6. Did you have any brothers or sisters like I do?

  7. What was your job?

  8. What did you do for fun without computers?

  9. What were your mom and dad like?

  10. What are your memories of the Great Depression?

  11. What were your favorite songs growing up? Can I listen to them?

  12. What was your favorite thing to do during the summer?

  13. What do you remember about the moon landing?

  14. What did you and your friends do for fun when you were my age?

  15. Can I have another cookie/hug? (As your children know, a grandparent just can’t say no.)

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