Childhood Interview

Have a conversation with your children; consider some questions you’d want to ask but were afraid.  It is very likely your adult children will be eager to [finally] have this conversation.


In the Summer of 2018 I took a course on Child Theology at Regent College with Dr. James M. Houston, It inspired me to put together a series of questions to ask my adult children. Since I had not had a chance to do this with either of my parents I was eager to start a conversation of things left unsaid, of topics not spoken:


Let me encourage you, if you are a parent of a certain age, and if you have adult children near or estranged, to start a conversation of healing.  There is nothing particularly special about these questions – they just started us off:


  • What is your first memory as a child?
  • What is your most painful memory as a child?
  • What is your best memory as a child?
  • What do you wish did not happen to you as a child?
  • What did you need – but didn’t get as a child?
  • How would you describe your childhood?
  • What would you like to say about your childhood:
      • to your parents?
      • to God?
  • How does your childhood inform:
      • your adulthood?
      • your parenthood?
      • your spiritual journey?
      • your marriage?

Let me know how it goes; and let me know if you came up with some other/better questions.

Grace to you as you continue to relate to your children over the ages.

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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