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Childhood

  1. Did you have a happy childhood? What made it happy/unhappy?
  2. What did you do when you were a child? What did you like to do but you weren't permitted?
  3. How old were your parents when you were born? How did their age affect your childhood?
  4. How many siblings have you got? Did you get along well with them as a child? How would your childhood be different if you were an only child?
  5. Were your parents strict or permissive? Do you wish to be the same or different for your children?

Adoption

  1. Do you know anyone who has adopted a child? How old is the child now? When did they tell the child about it?
  2. What are the major reasons people choose to adopt?
  3. What do you think about international adoption?
  4. What are some of the problems that parents may face when they adopt a child?
  5. What are some of the problems that an adopted child may face?
  6. If you were going to adopt a child, would you go for a girl or for a boy? Why?
  7. Should you tell a child that he/she has been adopted? If so, at what age?

Babysitting

  1. Do you like babies?
  2. Did you have a babysitter as a child? How would you describe her?
  3. Should working parents get help from babysitters or leave their babies in daycare centers? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  4. Have you ever taken care of a baby in the absence of his/her parents? How was the experience?
  5. Would you ever consider babysitting as a job?
  6. Are babysitters well-paid in your country?
  7. How can parents observe/control babysitters?
  8. How can you find a good, trustworthy babysitter in your country?

Self-esteem

  1. Do you have a reasonable level of self-esteem? Why/why not?
  2. To what extent are you aware of your weaknesses and strengths? How do you feel about your weaknesses?
  3. How can you improve your self-esteem?
  4. What are the factors that build your self-esteem?
  5. Can doing sports increase your self-esteem? How?
  6. If you have a low self-esteem, what do you guess are the contributing factors? Who do you blame it for, you parents, education system, etc?

Generation Gap

  1. How old are you? How old are your parents? Is it OK?
  2. Are your friends mostly the same age as you are, older or younger? Why?
  3. Have you experienced the moment when you say "now I understand my mum/dad"? When was it? How old were you?
  4. Do you ever disagree with your friends/ parents or sisters and brothers on music, fashion or values?
  5. How long does a generation last? What forms the ideas and values of a generation?
  6. How do you compare your generation with the previous one and the next one?
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