The thing about family is that so often we fall back on the same conversational patterns. In part, that's because admin so easily dominates home chat: who's collecting who, organising what and paying for it when. We're also guilty of pursuing the same lines of enquiry: How was your day? What happened at school? Did you have fun? And these questions illicit a response that's just as uninspiring.
The truth is, we can all get to know the people we love better... with the right questions. So we've put our heads together and come up with a series of questions—some inspired by actual studies on this topic—that you can whip out over the summer.
The answers may surprise you.
Who's your oldest friend and how did you meet?
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
If you could be invisible or fly, what super power would you choose? Why?
Do you believe in ghosts?
Name your favourite thing about your grandparents.
Would you want to either be the best player on an awful team or the worst player on a great team?
What's your favourite season? Why?
What is your most treasured memory?
If you could learn one thing about your future, what would it be?
Who was your favourite teacher at school or university, and why?
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Which out of your friends are you most proud of?