Crafting great questions is a bit art, a bit science. As any seasoned parent educator can tell you, the art of creating open-ended questions is one of the most important parts of being a responsive facilitator. Even a good question, though, requires thoughtful posing….wait time, reframing the question, and drawing out the answers is another part of this art (more on that another day).
Here are 12 great questions to start with:
What has surprised you most about becoming a parent?
What advice would you give your best friend, if they were just having their first baby?
What is the best thing you’ve done for your family?
What amazes you about how kids grow and develop?
What is the hardest part of being a parent, for you?
What is the most amazing thing about being a parent, for you?
What things are you learning as a parent that are making you a better human?
When is your favorite time of day with your child?
What is the toughest time of day with your child?
How would you describe your parenting style to others?
What do you remember most about your own parents, when you were young?
What do you envision or hope that your child will be like when they are 18?
Enjoy trying these out!
What’s your favorite open-ended question? Toss it in the comments :)