20 Questions for Mom


How much do you know about what your mother was like when she was your age? What were some of the big moments of her life? What are some of her beliefs, hopes, and dreams? May is the month to celebrate everything about motherhood, so now is the perfect time to sit down and ask those burning questions.

What you’ll need:

  • A smartphone to record your conversation either in audio or video— if you’re interviewing in person.
  • If you’re recording remotely on a smartphone or computer, choose a video conference platform like Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, WhatsApp, or any number of video call apps. It’s also possible to record Facetime calls on an iPhone or through your Mac.
  • If you’re only recording audio, pick a conference call platform like FreeConferenceCall.com which enables you to record your session and download it at no charge.

Tips for interviewing:

  • If you’re interviewing in person, decide whether you’ll be in the shot or off camera.
  • Choose a quiet, low-traffic area for better quality sound.
  • Let the conversation flow. If one answer leads to other questions, go with it!
  • Have something to drink on hand. There will be lots of talking!


  1. What was your favorite subject in elementary school and why?
  2. What sort of things did you do after school?
  3. What were some of your favorite meals when you were a kid?
  4. What was your favorite TV show growing up?
  5. Who was your best friend? What was she like?
  6. How would your friends describe you at different times in your life?
  7. How many times did you move as a kid and where? What did that feel like?
  8. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  9. Did you have a favorite pet and what was he like?
  10. What was your first job? Were you good at it?
  11. What is one of your happiest memories before you turned 21?
  12. Where is the farthest place you’ve ever traveled and why did you go?
  13. What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?
  14. What are the three most important things in life— besides me?
  15. Is being a mom what you thought it would be?
  16. Are there any special talents that you have that I don’t know about?
  17. What is the hardest thing about being a mom?
  18. What’s the most fun thing about being a mom?
  19. Is there something that you’ve always wanted to talk to me about but never have?
  20. What are your hopes and dreams?

Of course, feel free to ask questions even more questions about different areas of your mother’s life like:

  • What the world was like at different times in her life
  • Marriage
  • Career
  • Hobbies and creative pursuits
  • Parents and siblings
  • Travels
  • Momentous days like weddings, graduations, first apartment, giving birth, big moves
  • Where she was and what she was feeling during major world events
  • Favorite pop culture interests like music, books, TV, movies, video games, fashion, and trends
  • Memories of you at different stages of your life
  • Things she’d still like to accomplish and experiences she’d still like to have
  • Advice, tips, and words of wisdom
  • Family and genealogical history

So, get to know your mom and keep your interview with her to enjoy for years to come.

And the bonus? You can use some of these questions and guidelines for dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends, and anyone in your community who has stories to tell.


Austin Family Magazine serves the greater Austin area with up-to-date information and ideas that promote smart parenting and healthy homes. Pick up the latest issue at any local HEB, Central Market, or Whole Foods or visit www.austinfamily.com

Jennifer Hill Robenalt is the editor of Austin Family Magazine. 


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