by Kim Short, Care Coordinator
Have you ever wondered how well your family knows you, or how well you know your family? Stop for a moment and consider what you may not know about them, and what they may not know about you! Make time to learn each of your unique histories.
During these unusual times of shelter in place and limited contact, communication has become more important than ever. In some cases, conversations can be difficult. Not everyone enjoys “small talk,” or sharing information that may seem too personal. Taking the time to talk with family members is a great way to stay connected, but also a great way to learn the family stories.
Finding ways to start conversations with your loved ones can be easier than you think! Here are some ideas:
- What is the most rewarding thing about raising children? What is the most challenging aspect of parenting?
- How did you meet your spouse?
- (Ask your parent) Tell me about the day I was born.
- What did you want to be when you were growing up?
- Did you have any pets growing up? Tell me about them.
- Tell me about your first job, or your favorite job.
- What was the make and model and favorite memory of your first car?
- What is your favorite joke and where were you when you heard it?
- What were your favorite games to play as a child?
- What was the cultural issue that most shaped the way you view the world or the way you decided to live your life?
- Is there a musical instrument that you would love to learn to play or a physical activity that you would most like to pursue or a topic you would like to learn more about? Could we do that together?
- What would be your ideal meal? If you could eat it in any location, where would that be and who would you want to join you?
- If you could build a house anywhere, where would you chose to build and what would be the most important feature?
- What are your parents’ names and where were they born?
- How did your parents support your family?
- If you could interview one person (who is currently dead or alive), who would that be and what would you ask?
Asking questions can deepen your relationship and provide a better understanding of who each of you are. Not only will you strengthen the familial bond, you will be making priceless memories together!
For Care Coordinators at Senior Services, it is a pleasure getting to know our clients. Asking questions helps us get to know you better and find out what is important to you. Through these conversations, we work together to construct a care plan to enhance your life by meeting needs so that you live the life you want to live.
Please call us at (989) 633-3700 when needs arise.