On Mother's Day, 15 Questions To Ask Your Mom So You Two Can Become Closer Friends

Mother's Day shouldn't just be about which sibling gets your mom the best present (you, obviously), picking out the perfect card, or scoring brunch reservations at the most delicious restaurant in town. Forgive me for sounding corny, but Mother's Day should be more about getting to know your mom and spending time with her than celebrating with material items.

Sure, it's nice to show your mom how much you love and appreciate her with a gift you know she'll love and use a lot. But it's even nicer to attempt to get to know her as a real life, actual person. It's easy to see your mom as just your mom, and to forget that she had a life before she even knew you would exist. It's easy for her to forget that too! What a lot of mothers would really appreciate on Mother's Day is the chance to let their children get to know them so that their relationship can grow and their bond can get stronger.

The other thing to consider here? One day your mom won't be around, and you won't get to ask her any of this stuff. As scary as that is to think about, it's true. Regardless of how well you get along with your mother, don't you want to get to know her more? Do it now while you still have the chance — there are plenty of people who would kill for that time. So, this Mother's Day, buy a bottle of her favorite wine, sit outside and enjoy the sun, and talk. Here are 15 questions to get you started.

1. How did you meet Dad, and how did you know he was The One?

If you don't know about how your parents met, or have an idea of what their relationship was like before you came along, you need to find out.

2. Who was your first boyfriend? What was he like?

It may be weird to think about your mom with other people, but it's certainly quite possible that she dated other dudes before finding your dad.

3. What is the most rebellious thing you ever did in high school?

Your mom was probably pretty awesome when she was a teen. Give her a chance to reminisce!

4. What's one thing you wish you did differently before you got married or had kids?

This is where you start asking the hard-hitting questions.

5. What is one thing about our relationship you wish you could change?

If you want to build a stronger relationship with your mom, now is the best time to do it.

6. What question do you wish you could ask your mom?

After all, grandmothers usually know best.

7. If you had all the money to do one thing right now, what would you do?

Hey, who knows — maybe you two can try to make it happen together.

8. What is a goal you want to achieve in the next 10 years?

Your mom has ambitions and dreams too! You should care about them just as much as she cares about yours.

9. What's the hardest thing about being a mom? What's the best thing?

In case you want to get deep.

10. What was your dream job when you were younger?

It's so interesting to hear about what your mom wanted before she had a family.

11. If you could go back in time to one moment, what would it be?

Mom's stories are always the best. Ask her why this moment in particular means so much.

12. What do you wish you did differently when you were a new mom?

Listen up — there are probably some lessons to be learned here.

13. What do you miss the most about being a kid?

This might make her cry.

14. If we could do anything together, what would you want it to be?

Then make it happen! Mother-daughter bonding time for real!

15. What was your life like before you had kids?

Remember: she was probably really different before you came around. Get to know that side of your mom. It's so rewarding.

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