Hi guys! I hope you are all socially-distancing, and I hope you’re spending this weird time with your family either virtually, IRL, or a mix of both! And sure, I get it — if you usually only see your fam (from parents to grandparents to young nieces and nephews) every once in a while, you may be running out of things to talk about now that it’s quarantine day…um…I’ve lost count.
Or maybe you’re just looking for a cool way to take advantage of this unique time to bond with your fam as much as possible. Either way, I’ve thought up some entertaining questions that weigh about as much as a polar bear (aka enough to break the ice):
1. What did you actually do before the internet and cell phones? What if you were meeting someone somewhere and had to cancel or were running late — how would you tell them? What did you do when you were bored?
I have asked my mom this and she says she genuinely doesn’t remember. So if you gain more insight from your relatives, please LMK.
2. What’s your best career advice? What did you learn from being a ______?
My dad loves giving me career advice and sharing what he learned at different jobs, and so do some of my other relatives. Even if you don’t feel like you need work advice right now (or that the advice wouldn’t apply to your job), they’ll love that you asked and you’ll probably learn something cool, either about the professional world or about them. Heck, you can even ask your 19-year-old cousin who just finished their first internship!
3. You’ve probably already asked your kids or little cousins or siblings the basics, like what they want to be when they grow up or their favorite color. Try something more creative to hear the (likely LOL-worthy) ways they see the world. What do you think *insert your pet’s name here* thinks about all day? How do airplanes work? What is the meaning of life?
4. If you’ve never asked your closest relative, be it your mom or your grandma or your brother, about their first relationship or dating mishaps, NOW is the time to get the tea.
If they’re the kind of person who’d be comfortable with that, of course.
5. Ask your grandparents how they met, even if you’ve already heard the story a million times.
6. What is the best book you’ve ever read/movie or TV show you’ve ever seen?
Now’s the perfect opportunity for you to read or watch it too!
7. Is this the weirdest moment in history you’ve lived through? How does it compare to other major national/global events in your lifetime?
It can be helpful to get some perspective, especially from people who may have lived through multiple wars, recessions, and social changes.
8. Can I see some pictures of you as a kid?
Listen, you finally have time to dig up all those old photo albums buried in the basement.
9. Which relative that I never got to meet would I get along with best? Do I resemble anyone?
IDK about you, but I always find it surreal to hear about grandparents and great grandparents who died before I was born but that my other relatives grew up with.
10. Have you ever seen a ghost, or had some kind of strange experience you couldn’t explain?
11. Did you have pets growing up? What kind, and what were their names?
And again, pics please???
12. When you were younger, what did you think your life would be like now? Did you think you’d be doing your current job, get married, have kids?
13. Have you ever met a celebrity? Or spotted one out and about?
14. Do you have any weird talents? Can you curl your tongue or are you double-jointed?
Pretend you’re back in middle school and make everyone try. Hey, maybe it’s genetic
15. What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
If you’ve got the supplies, you could also try to recreate said meal at home. If nothing else, it could make for a great culinary fail.
16. Can you teach me how to ______?
If you’re living with someone who knows how to knit, play an instrument, or do calligraphy, that’s wayyyyyyy better than trying to learn from a YouTube video or paying for an online class. You could probably even learn a fair number of skills, like how to bake a cake from scratch or sew, from relatives over video chat!
17. Or, can I teach you how to _____?
You probably have plenty of skills to share, too! And feel free to think outside the box — I’m not crafty, handy, or musically talented in any way, but I have been teaching my dad how to use Instagram!
18. If you ever have kids, what would you name them? What about if you got a dog/fish/bunny/unicorn?
If you’re talking to someone who already has kids, you could also ask if they almost named them anything else. For example, I would have been named Nate if I was a boy, so let’s all count our blessings that didn’t happen.
19. What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
20. What was your first concert? Do you still like that artist today?
21. Ask them to play Two Truths and a Lie so you can see how well you really know each other, and you can learn some fun facts along the way.
22. Who is your celebrity crush?
23. Ask your kids who they think should be the next president. It might be safer than asking any of your other relatives.
24. What is the dumbest/dirtiest/best joke you know?
Mine involves Miss Piggy and Kermit in a childhood-ruining way that I won’t share here.
25. Pretty much any “Would you rather…” question. You can come up with your own, or find about a zillion from a quick Google.
Here’s one good list of ideas from Parade.
26. Who would play you in a movie?
Then go ahead and cast people to play all your family and friends!
27. Would you ever be willing to be on a reality show, and if so, which one?
28. What’s your Hogwarts house?
If they haven’t taken the Pottermore quiz, now is the time to force them to.
29. What was your worst fashion faux-pas? And/or, what’s your favorite outfit you’ve ever worn?
And once again, are there PICTURES??
30. If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Then put together a playlist of your family’s answers!
31. And finally, what are we watching tonight???
Better ask now, because it’s gonna take you all day to decide.