15 Questions to Help Kids Know Themselves Better

15 Questions to Help Kids Know Themselves Better

Having a sense of independence is one of the first tasks of adolescence, but children want to have a better understanding of themselves and the world long before they become a teen. Self-understanding helps all of us navigate life and build meaningful connections. Without it, we feel lost and alone.

From the moment our child is born, our goal is for our them to eventually become an individual and separate themselves from their parents; not just physically (move away from home), but also emotionally. We want our children to think for themselves, to develop their own ideas, and to recognize that they can have feelings and beliefs different than our own.

Questions to help children know and understand themselves:

1. What are your strengths?
2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
3. What are your goals for this school year?
4. What do you like to do for fun?
5. What do you wish your parents knew about you? What do you wish your friends or classmates knew about you?
6. If you could have one wish, what would it be?
7. Where do you feel safest?
8. If you weren’t afraid, what would you do?
9. What does failure mean to you? Have you ever felt like a failure? How did you cope?
10. How are you different?
11. What is your happiest memory?
12. What do you do when you’re feeling down? Do you think it’s OK to cry? Do you think it’s OK to yell?
13. What is your favorite book? Movie? Band? Food? Color? Animal?
14. What are you grateful for?
15. What do you like about yourself?

What questions would you add to this list? Leave a comment!👇

26 Questions to Help Kids Know Themselves Better By Sharon Martin, LCSW 

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