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15 Questions
to Ask Your Mom on Mother's Day
and the Nicest Thing You Can Say to Her

from MY MOTHER, MY FRIEND by Mary Marcdante
(A Fireside Original/Simon & Schuster Trade Paperbacks

There is no such thing as a boring Mother; only boring questions. When you ask your Mom deeper questions, you show her that you value her as a person in her own right. Sometimes you have to start with simple questions and work up to others if she's not accustomed to you being interested in her. And if she asks why you're suddenly so interested, say something like, "I realize I've been so focused on my own life that I haven't really taken the time to get to know you like I would a good friend. You're important to me." Bring the Kleenex and take the time to listen. You'll be surprised at what you learn.

  • What is one of your happiest memories?

  • What’s your favorite place in nature? Your favorite flower?

  • What’s one of the most meaningful gifts you’ve received?

  • What’s one of the most loving things someone has done for you?

  • What’s one of the most loving things you’ve ever done for someone?

  • What music, poetry, art, books, or movies have most inspired you and why?

  • What's one of the best places you've ever traveled?

  • What's one place you'd still like to visit and why?

  • What's your favorite prayer?

  • If you had only 6 months left to live, what would you want to be sure to experience?

  • What are you most grateful for? Why? Count your blessings. Name 10.

  • What’s one of the nicest things you’ve ever done for yourself?

  • What's the best compliment anyone has ever paid you?

  • What do you value most in yourself? What do you value most in me?

  • What contribution in your life are you most proud of?

The Nicest Thing You Can Say To Your Mother:

Mom, I love about you because you...

Of all the comments I received from mothers I interviewed, the one request that came up over and over again was how much Moms want to hear "I love you." When you can add specific reasons, memories, and details to your "I love you," it strengthens your message and helps anchor good feelings in both of you.

If you really want to take Mother's Day over the top, record your Mom's answers and put them in a homemade printed book for you with pictures of the two of you. Give this book to her for her next birthday or just to perk up your next visit. Happy Mother's Day.

If you like these questions, there are hundreds more in My Mother, My Friend, which focus on the 10 most important things to talk about with your mother:

  • Health

  • Aging

  • Money

  • End of Life

  • Self-image and Beauty

  • Resolving Conflict

  • Family Secrets

  • Intimacy and Men

  • Spirituality

  • Appreciation

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MARY MARCDANTE is a communication and stress management expert, and an award-winning international speaker whose high-energy, heart-warming, idea-packed programs inspire people at events and meetings around the world. She is the author of My Mother, My Friend, and Living with Enthusiasm and a contributing author to five best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul books and A Woman's Way to Success in Business. She has been interviewed on NBC, ABC, Fox News, Oxygen, and in The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, and AARP Magazine. She is a national spokesperson for the prevention of cervical cancer, of which she is a grateful, healthy 12-year survivor. She is a grand prize winner in Self-Magazine/Lady Footlocker’s “Realize the Dream” contest for her work in helping women realize their potential. Read more...

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The Ten Most Important Things to Talk About With Your Mother
Mary Marcdante
A Fireside Original/Simon & Schuster Trade Paperbacks
April 2001
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