In today's hustle and bustle of holiday cheer, we sometimes forget to enjoy the moment.
As you prepare for Thanksgiving this week, try to schedule some quiet time to really enjoy your visiting family members. (There will always be another year to bake cookies and shop the sales, but your Grandparents might not attend next year's festivities.)
Family histories are treasures for future generations.
Family bonds are strengthened and mental health is enhanced when people know "where they come from."
I received this list from a fellow counselor. I hope you find it helpful during your Thanksgiving celebrations.
Remember to write down the answers, and store that information for future generations.
25 Questions to Ask Your Grandparents
What is your full name? What are the names of your parents and brothers and sisters?
How did your parents choose your name? Does it have a special meaning? Do you have any nicknames?
When and where were you born?
When and where were your parents and brothers and sisters born?
What kinds of things did your family do together when you were young?
Who were some of your friends?
What did you do with your friends?
What schools did you attend? What were your favorite subjects? Who were your favorite teachers?
How did you meet your spouse? Tell me about the proposal.
When and where were you married?
What are your children’s names?
When and where were your children born?
What are some special memories you have about your children?
In what places have you lived?
Have you had jobs? Who did you work for and what did you do?
Do you belong to a church or a religion? How has it affected your life?
In your religion, what callings or positions have you served in?
What did you do to get through the difficult times in your life?
Do you have holiday traditions?
What are some of your favorite things?
Favorite colors? Favorite flowers? Favorite books? Favorite songs? Favorite foods? Favorite pets?
What trips or vacations do you remember?
What are some personal experiences that have especially touched your heart?
What are your favorite things to do now?
What do you hope for your children and grandchildren?
For another helpful resource, check out the book My Life Inscribed
. It makes genealogy easier, and all the answers to these important family history question are stored in one spot.
Labels: Emotional Health, Happy Tidbits, Marriage