You know your mum pretty well, right? Duh, course you do! But how well do you really know her? Sure, you might know what her favourite flowers are and what she likes on her toast in the morning, but it’s easy to see her as ‘just your mum’ and forget that she had a life long before you were born.
Mums love a bit of TLC on Mother’s Day, but this year, why not go the extra mile and spend a little while getting to know her even better? She’ll probably love the chance to reminisce and you might find you’re not as different as you think.
1. What did you want to do when you grew up?
You never know, maybe your mum wanted to live in a hippy commune or be a rock star! She had hopes and dreams, just like you do now. Maybe she can give you some good advice on making yours a reality.
2. Were you good in school?
Your mum probably makes a big deal out of your reports, but was she ever top of the class? Ask her about her favourite subjects too, and her least favourite. It might be that you share a mutual hatred of the same classes – now you know where you get it from!
3. When did you get your first period?
You’ll probably be surprised by how much things have changed when it comes to sanitary protection and the kind of education girls used to get about periods. Plus, the age your mum was when she got her first period can give you some clues about yours, too.
4. Who was your first boyfriend and what was he like?
It’s hard to imagine your mum fancying someone in the same way that you do, but she definitely had her fair share of crushes!
5. What was your favourite band?
You could even spend an hour or two listening to each other’s fave songs. Who knows, you might find some cool new music (or convert her to yours!).
6. What’s the most rebellious thing you did when you were a teenager?
Your mum wants you to think she was an angel when she was younger because she wants to set a good example for you, but we bet she got in trouble once or twice.
7. What was your very first job? Did you like it?
And ask her how much money she earned. You can both commiserate over how boring it is to patiently save up for something you really want. The struggle is real now and it was real then, too!
8. If you could go back in time to one moment in your teenage years, what would it be?
Listening to your mum talk wistfully about her school days might make you appreciate yours even more.
9. How did you and dad meet?
It would be awesome if there was a big romantic tale involved, but even if they just met at their local chip shop, it’s good to know your origin story.
10. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but never have?
You might see a totally unexpected side to your mum with this question, plus it’s useful information to have for future pressies. Trapeze lessons? Okay then!
11. What’s one thing you’d like for us to do together one day?
You probably spend your time together doing pretty boring stuff like grocery shopping or visiting other relatives, but we bet there’s something more fun she’d like to do.
12. What would you do if you won the lottery big time?
Whether she’d go back to college or travel the world, it’s really interesting to know what your mum would do if money was no object. And hey, if you win the lottery one day, maybe you can make her dreams happen.
13. What’s one thing you wish you knew before having kids?
There’s no definitive guidebook to parenting, you just have to kinda muddle your way through. Her answer will probably tell you a lot about the way her life changed when you came along.
14. How did you get on with your mum and dad?
If she doesn’t have a very good relationship with her parents, she probably tries extra hard to make sure your relationship is better.
15. In what way do you think I’m like you?
You might think you and your mum are nothing alike, but she’s watched you grow from a tiny baby to a young woman, and can probably offer some observations that you’ve never thought of before.
16. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to ask your mum?
No matter how old your mum is, she’ll always be her mother’s child, so she probably has just as many questions as you do!
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