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Asking Good Questions


Can we all agree that nobody, outside of 6-8 year old girls will want to answer the question, “So, what did you do today?”  Is that really as creative as we can get? I don’t think so.

Here is a fun list of questions to ask your kids, but be ready to hear some funny and serious responses.

Did anything funny happen at school today?

Anyone puke in your class today?

What are the bathrooms like at your school?

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever seen?

What kinds of things make a girl pretty?

How does someone become “popular”?

What makes someone really strong?

Is there anything you’ve always wanted to ask me, but you didn’t  because  you thought I’d say no?

What is something you really want to do, but you know I will never let you?

If you could tell your friends what you want for your birthday, what would you tell them?

Notice that none of them are answered with YES or NO responses, and most of them will at the very least illicit a response that is thought out. Listen to me parents, if you can master the unique questions that your kids are dying to be asked, then you will have tapped into their innermost thoughts and ideas. And that is always worth the price of admission!



Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.