1. After you’re married, should your parents make decisions for you?
  2. Are chores assigned to children in your family?
  3. Are friends more important than family? What do you think?
  4. Are good family members or good friends more important? Why?
  5. Are there many divorces in your country?
  6. Are there many single-parent families in your country? Are they usually headed by men or women?
  7. Are you married?
  8. Are you pressured by your family to act in a certain way?
  9. Are you the oldest among your brothers and sisters?
  10. Are your parents strict?
  11. Can you describe a typical family in your country?
  12. Can you think of examples of countries that have different cultural values regarding the importance of family?
  13. Describe a typical family unit and the importance of family in your country.
  14. Describe the perfect family.
  15. Did you ever meet any of your great grandparents?
  16. Did you help your mother at home?
  17. Do children in your country ask for their parents’ approval before they get married? Why or why not?
  18. Do grandparents help to look after their grandchildren?
  19. Do many wives work in your country? What kinds of jobs do they have?
  20. Do people in your country ever decide to remain single and not create a family? If so, what does the rest of your society think?
  21. Do people who are not related by blood ever live communally in your country?
  22. Do single women in your country ever decide to have a baby and raise the child by themselves? What do you think about this kind of decision?
  23. Do unmarried couples live together in your country these days? What do people in your society think about this kind of arrangement?
  24. Do you agree with the saying “Children should be seen and not heard”? Why do you agree or disagree?
  25. Do you get along well with your family? Do you get along well with your brothers and sisters? Do you get along well with your in-laws?
  26. Do you get along well with your in-laws?
  27. Do you have a curfew?
  28. Do you have any brothers or sisters? If so, how old are they?
  29. Do you have any children? If yes, what are their names and ages?
  30. Do you have to clean your own room? Does your mother make you clean your room?
  31. Do you like your family? Why or why not?
  32. Do you live in a nuclear family or an extended family? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these types of family?
  33. Do you live with any of your grandparents?
  34. Do you live with your parents?
  35. Do you look more like your mother or your father?
  36. Do you often argue with your mother or father? What about?
  37. Do you often visit your grandparents?
  38. Do you think people should adopt children from other countries?
  39. Do you think your parents understand you? Why or why not?
  40. Do you usually have any influence on family matters?
  41. Do your parents get along with each other?
  42. Do your parents let you stay out late? What time do you have to be home? Do you have a curfew?
  43. Do your parents trust you?
  44. Does the whole family discuss important decisions?
  45. Does your mother make you clean your room?
  46. For whom are you named?
  47. Have you ever seen your mother (or father) cry? When was that and why?
  48. How big is your family?
  49. How close are you to your extended family? (cousins, aunts, great uncles etc.)
  50. How did you get your name? For whom are you named? Who are you named after?
  51. How do members of a family support each other?
  52. How do you define the word “home”? Is it where you live? Where your family lives or where you grew up?
  53. How do you feel about your parents growing older? If they could no longer care for themselves, would you let them live with you or put them in a nursing home?
  54. How do you think family life is changing in your country? (example: wife working, husband cleaning, kids at institutes) Is this change good or bad?
  55. How do you think western families and eastern families differ?
  56. How is nudity regarded in your family?
  57. How many (first) cousins do you have?
  58. How many aunts and uncles do you have?
  59. How many brothers and sisters do you have?
  60. How many children do you have?
  61. How many members do you have in your family altogether?
  62. How many people are in your family?
  63. How much or how often should they help?
  64. How often do you see your cousins?
  65. How often do you see your grandparents?
  66. How often does your family eat dinner together?
  67. How often is your entire family together?
  68. How old are your brothers and sisters?
  69. How old are your children?
  70. How old are your grandparents?
  71. How old are your parents?
  72. How should parents discipline their children?
  73. If a wife works outside the home, should the husband help with the housework inside the home? Why or why not?
  74. If parents are both working, does this cause more or less stress in a family?
  75. If you are a mother or father, would you allow your son or daughter to listen to heavy metal music?
  76. If you could have a different number of siblings, what would it be?
  77. If you had a financial problem, would you expect your family to help?
  78. If you were offered an excellent job opportunity abroad, would you consider leaving your family for an indefinite period of time?
  79. Is it better for mothers to stay at home with kids or go to work to earn more money for the family?
  80. Is it necessary to get married to have a good life?
  81. Is polygamy allowed in your culture? Is it OK to have more than one spouse? Would you like this lifestyle? What countries allow this? What religions allow it?
  82. Is spanking or hitting a good way to discipline children? Why or why not?
  83. Is the nanny and/or the day-care center the third parent?
  84. Many families send their children to private institutes or daycares for most of the day. Is this good or bad?
  85. Should children help with the housework? How much or how often should they help?
  86. Should parents give their children an allowance?
  87. Should people follow the religion of their parents, or should they have the liberty to choose another?
  88. What age is too young to get married?
  89. What are some of your fondest memories of childhood?
  90. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these types of family?
  91. What are the occupations of your family members?
  92. What are your parents like?
  93. What can make you happy in the long term/ short term? Consider the following: job satisfaction, a loving family, good health, plenty of money, strong religious believes, …
  94. What do you and your family like to do together?
  95. What do you think is the most important thing to make a happy family?
  96. What do you think of gay marriage?
  97. What do you think of married couples who decide not to have any children?
  98. What do you think of people who get married many times?
  99. What do you think of people who marry and decide not to have children?
  100. What do you think of the budget, what is a budget and how do you make one work?
  101. What do you think of your mother and your father?
  102. What do your mother and father look like? How about your grandparents?
  103. What do your parents do in their free time?
  104. What does your father do? What’s his job?
  105. What does your mother do?
  106. What household chores do you do?
  107. What impact does divorce have on a family in your country? What happens to divorced people? What happens to their children?
  108. What is a perfect family or alternative lifestyle for you?
  109. What is the best memory you have of your family doing something together?
  110. What is the perfect number of children a family should have?
  111. What kind of things do you do with your family?
  112. What kinds of housework is not appropriate for children to do?
  113. What makes a person a bad, traits that irritate and confuse you
  114. What makes a person a good friend, a friend for life ,, a life mate
  115. What problems do parents have to solve as their children grow up?
  116. What time do you have to be home?
  117. What to look for in a lifelong mate
  118. What was the most important thing your parents taught you?
  119. What was the saddest time in your family?
  120. What will you teach your children? (what values, beliefs, hobbies, skills, etc.)
  121. What would you change about your childhood?
  122. What’s the best thing about your dad?
  123. What’s the best thing about your grandparents?
  124. What’s the best thing about your mom?
  125. What’s the hardest thing you ever had to do?
  126. When do children leave their parents’ home in your country?
  127. When do parents’ stop giving financial support to their children?
  128. When married people talk about having children they talk about “starting a family”. Can two married people be a family if they don’t have kids?
  129. Where do grandparents live in your country?
  130. Where do you think the best place to raise a family is? Why?
  131. Where do your grandparents live?
  132. Where does your father’s father live?
  133. Where does your mother’s mother live?
  134. Where is the best place to raise a family? Where do you think the best place to raise a family is? Why?
  135. Which do you think is more important: following the dreams your parents want for you or following your own dreams?
  136. Who are you named after?
  137. Who do you get along better with, your mother or your father?
  138. Who do you think has the most power in the family? Why?
  139. Who does the household work, your father or your mother or both of them?
  140. Who in your family would you turn to if you had an emotional problem? Why?
  141. Who is the black sheep (oddball) in your family?
  142. Who is the breadwinner in your family?
  143. Who is the head of the household in a typical family in your country?
  144. Who should take care of old people?
  145. Why do people get married
  146. Would you get involved in your in-laws’ family problems?
  147. Would you live with your parents after you get married?

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