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    50 Open-Ended Questions To Ask Teens And Get Them Talking

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    50 Open Ended Questions To Ask Teens And Get Them Talking

    Initiating conversations with teenagers can pose challenges, particularly for parents. It’s vital to spark discussions that intrigue them and encourage ongoing dialogue, especially given today’s evolving social landscape. 

    Whether you’re a parent, youth CEO, or another adult figure seeking engaging topics, this compilation of open-ended questions serves as a valuable resource. 

    Explore these open-ended questions tailored to prompt conversation with teens of varying ages. This list is a springboard to select questions that resonate with their interests.

    Bid farewell to mundane inquiries like “How was school?” and embark on engaging dialogues that foster deeper connections.

    INITIATE WITH SMALL TALK

    Always choose a small conversation at the start. Rushing in with heavy questions can backfire. Instead, ease into conversation with these light and enjoyable questions, providing a relaxed approach to engaging with a teen.

    1. SOCIAL MEDIA AND TV

    Social Media And Tv

    Starting with a topic where the teen can demonstrate expertise is a wise choice, giving them the advantage in the conversation.

    1. What’s the latest series you’ve been hooked on?

    2. Do you have a favorite TikTok trend at the moment?

    3. What aspect of social media do you enjoy the most?

    4. Have you watched any interesting shows on Hotstar/Amazon Prime/Netflix lately?

    5. How long does it usually take you to finish a new show? Is it weeks, days, or just a few hours?

    6. Any TV series you’d recommend for me? What makes it worth watching?

    7. Which social media platform are you most active on these days?

    8. On the flip side, what aspect of social media do you dislike?

    9. Have you ever created a TikTok? If so, what was it about?

    10. Have you heard about [insert latest celebrity/sports news]? What are your thoughts on it?

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    2. START CONVERSATION ABOUT FOVORITE DISHES

    Strat Conversation About Favorite Dishes

    Despite varying preferences in types and styles, food remains universally appealing to teenagers.

    11. I recently tried out this new restaurant that opened recently, and it was amazing. Have you had the chance to visit there yet?

    12. What cuisine do you enjoy the most?

    13. What’s your top pick for a restaurant?

    14. Have any of your friends ever invited you over for dinner?

    15. If given the choice, would you prefer dining at an upscale, fine dining establishment or a more relaxed, casual eatery?

    16. Are you a fan of cooking?

    17. If you were limited to eating only one meal forever, what would it be?

    18. Is there a particular type of food that you dislike?

    19. Have you ever experienced stomach issues after eating food from outside?

    20. Do you ever wish to become a chef?

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    3. TRY TO KNOW THEIR INTEREST IN MOVIES

    Try To Know Their Interest In Movies

    Collect data yourself by researching celebrity names and facts beforehand.

    21. Have you watched any impressive movies recently?

    22. In your opinion, what’s the greatest movie ever made?

    23. Which movie did you repeatedly ask your parents to watch when you were younger?

    24. What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

    25. Who are your preferred actors and actresses?

    26. If you could meet any celebrity, who would you choose?

    27. If you had the chance to portray any character in a movie, who would it be?

    28. Do you have any interest in making a career in acting?

    29. Do you like spiritual movies?

    30. Do you enjoy watching Korean movies, like most youngsters do? If yes, which actor is your favorite?

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    4. RESTORE MEMORY WITH HOLIDAY

    Restore Memory With Holiday

    If you’re looking to delve deeper into life’s journey, engage your teen in discussions with a bit more substance.If you’re aiming to transition to reminiscing about experiences, here’s a smooth segue:

    31. Speaking of memories, here’s a good one

    32. Any plans for [insert the closest holiday]? As for me, I’m thinking of [offering your upcoming plans].

    33. What does our family typically do for [holiday name]?

    34. What’s your favorite aspect of that holiday? Personally, I adore [share your favorite part].

    35. Which holiday do you eagerly anticipate each year?

    36. What’s your most cherished holiday memory?

    37. Reflecting on gifts, what’s the most memorable holiday present you’ve ever received?

    38. Do you want to spend more time with your family?

    39. Whose house do you want to visit during your upcoming holiday?

    40. Do you want to join any charity work during the holidays?

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    5. ENGAGING WITH TEENS: EXPLORING PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

    Engaging With Teens Exploring Past Present And Future

    To foster a connection with your teens, delve into discussions that touch upon their experiences, current interests and challenges, and aspirations for the future. This approach can help strengthen your bond and facilitate meaningful conversations. Here are some prompts to get started:

    41. It seems like you’re really passionate about ____ (mention your biggest interest). Have you ever thought about pursuing that as a career

    42. What’s your ultimate dream job? If you could do anything, what would it be?

    43. What brings a smile to your face most often? Is there something in particular that never fails to brighten your day?

    44. On rough days, how do you uplift yourself? Do you have any go-to strategies for cheering yourself up?

    45. Do you ever wake up with a feeling that today is going to be amazing? If so, what gives you that sense of anticipation?

    46. How would you describe your idea of a perfect day? What elements would make it truly special for you?

    47. Given the choice, would you prefer a large group of acquaintances or a small, tight-knit circle of friends? What’s your reasoning behind that choice?

    48. In your opinion, what qualities make someone a great friend? What do you value most in your friendships?

    49. When do you feel you can truly trust someone in your life? Are there specific signs or actions that earn your trust?

    50. Does anyone in your life you feel deeply about?

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    CONCLUSION

    In our blog, we consciously avoid initiating discussions about school. Many kids, even those who perform well academically, tend to shy away from such conversations during their free time. Nonetheless, they might still expect adults to inquire about school as it’s a common social convention. When seeking to connect with a teenager and having some prior knowledge about them, it’s advantageous to guide the conversation towards topics that they find comfortable. 

    This strategy cultivates a relaxed environment where both parties can participate in enjoyable and meaningful dialogue, facilitating improved communication.

    Inspire your child’s future in technology and entrepreneurship with Moonpreneur’s robotics course! Dive deeper into parenting and educational insights on our blog, and join us in nurturing the next generation of innovators. Explore our programs today!

    Nilima

    Nilima

    Nilima, armed with a keyboard and creativity, transforms ideas into engaging articles that captivate readers. From blog posts to social media content, Nilima's expertise lies in delivering concise yet impactful messages that leave a lasting impression. She's the go-to wordsmith for turning concepts into captivating written gems.
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