Reply to "Stewardship & Gratitude Lesson Ideas"

Source: Washington Post, Braden Bell

Good for older kids, youth, and parents. Why not suggest parents print the list, cut it into slips, and place it in a basket on the table for the next time the family sits down together.

25 Questions for Youth and Parents
that will help them think about what they are grateful for

These are great questions that could easily be pared down (if needed) and turned into a self-assessment. After they fill it out, invite them to share their responses to various questions.

The questions are posed by the parent to the youth, and should also be answered by the adult.  I've highlighted the ones I especially like. For use between students and student-to-teacher, simply rephrase the questions.



  1. Who is the most important person in your life that I know?
  2. Who is the most important person in your life that I don't know?
  3. Tell me why your favorite person is your favorite person.
  4. What person has had the biggest influence on you thus far?
  5. What person trusts you the most?
  6. What person do you trust the most?
  7. What person knows you the very best?
  8. Of all the people who know you well, who do you think is closest to liking you as you are today — giving you unconditional love?
  9. What peer do you admire most? Why?
  10. What adult in your life do you admire most? Why?
  11. Have you ever told those people how important they are to you? Do you think they have any idea?
  12. What activity has had the biggest influence on you so far?
  13. If we moved tomorrow whom would you miss most (make it clear you are not moving!)?
  14. If we moved tomorrow what activity would you miss most?
  15. Phone aside, what appliance /modern invention would you miss the most if we lost electricity?
  16. What’s your favorite song? Can you help me understand what you like about?
  17. What’s your favorite movie of all time? What do you like about it?
  18. What show do you like to binge watch? Why?
  19. What book have you read that you liked most?
  20. What brings you the most joy in life?
  21. What experience are you really glad you had?
  22. What experience are you glad is over?
  23. What experience are you really glad you had that you are glad is over?
  24. What is something you didn’t like but you are glad happened?
  25. If you had to list five things you are most grateful for, what would be #1?

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