1. Can you remember specific things from your childhood clearly? How old were you at the time of your first memories?
  2. Describe the first memory you have of going to school.
  3. Did you have a happy childhood?
  4. Did you have any foods you hated?
  5. Did you have any nickname? Tell us about it.
  6. Did you play on the streets? Was it dangerous to play in the streets? What kind of things did you do in the streets? Did you ever have an accident while playing in the streets? What happened?
  7. Did you play outside? What did you like to play? How long did you play outside a day? Could you play outside all year long?
  8. Do you remember anything about your personality when a child?
  9. Do you think children today eat too much fast food and don’t play enough sports?
  10. Do you think that children these days have a better or worse childhood than your generation? Why?
  11. How are you similar to your parents? How are you different?
  12. How old were you when you learned to ride a bicycle? Did you have your own bicycle? Do you remember who taught you to ride a bicycle? Did you have a bad bicycle accident?
  13. Were you a good student? Did you enjoy going to school? Did you get good grades? Did you enjoy doing your homework?
  14. Were you afraid of anything? What?
  15. Were you good at making friends? How did you make friends? Did you have a lot of friends? What did you enjoy doing with your friends?
  16. Were your parents super protective? At what age could you go places by yourself? Did your parents always tell you what to do?
  17. What about your childhood do you wish you could change?
  18. What childhood diseases did you have?
  19. What did you like about school?
  20. What did you like to do when you were a child?
  21. What did you look like?
  22. What didn’t you like about school?
  23. What do you miss most about being a child?
  24. What do you think is most important for a happy childhood?
  25. What do you want to provide your children that you didn’t have when you were growing up?
  26. What kind of food did you like? Did you use to eat anything or were you a picky eater?
  27. What was the best thing about your childhood?
  28. What was your experience at school like? (elementary, junior high, or high school)
  29. What was your favorite game? Who did you play it with? Who gave it to you? When did you like to play it?
  30. What was your favorite subject? Why?
  31. What was your favorite toy when you were a child? Who gave you this toy? Did it have a name? Do you still have it?
  32. What was your worst punishment as a child?
  33. What were some embarrassing situations when you were a child?
  34. What were some of your favorite activities when you were a child?
  35. What were your favorite cartoons and TV shows?
  36. When were you born?
  37. When you were a child, what did you want to grow up to be? Did you want to be a mother or father? A firefighter? A doctor? A scientist?
  38. Where did you grow up? Did you move frequently? If so, why?
  39. Where did you grow up? How did that affect your childhood?
  40. Where were you born?
  41. Who took care of you when you were little? A parent? A grandparent? A nanny? A daycare center?
  42. Who was your best friend? How did you meet this friend? What did you do together? Do you still do things with this childhood friend? What other things can you tell us about your best friend?
  43. Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
  44. Who were you really jealous of when you were a child? Why were you jealous?
  45. Who, besides your parents, had the biggest impact on your childhood?

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