ESL Questions: Family


How do members of a family support each other?

Who do you think has the most power in the family? Why?

Do you agree with the saying “Children should be seen and not heard”? Why do you agree or disagree?

Are good family members or good friends more important? Why?

What problems do parents have to solve as their children grow up?

How close are you to your extended family? (cousins, aunts, great uncles etc.)

What is the perfect number of children a family should have?

What do you think of people who marry and decide not to have children?

How do you think western families and eastern families differ?

What do you think is the most important thing to make a happy family?

Is it better for mothers to stay at home with kids or go to work to earn more money for the family?

Many families send their children to private institutes or daycares for most of the day. Is this good or bad?

How do you define the word “home”? Is it where you live? Where your family lives or where you grew up?

When married people talk about having children they talk about “starting a family”. Can two married people be a family if they don’t have kids?

How do you think family life is changing in your country? (example: wife working, husband cleaning, kids at institutes) Is this change good or bad?

What do you think of gay marriage?

Is spanking or hitting a good way to discipline children? Why or why not?

What age is too young to get married?

Why do people get married?

If you were offered an excellent job abroad could you leave your family and country for 5 years?