WOMEN
11/23/2015 10:39 am ET

14 Questions To Ask Your Mom To Avoid Hers This Holiday Season

You might just find yourself learning something new -- and appreciating your mom that much more.

We've entered the tricky time of year when thousands of people go home for the holidays, whether that's for Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas or all of the above. And with that comes a lot of... annoying stuff. Not least of which can be pestering questions from good ole mom. 

This year, instead of rolling your eyes or getting angry, why not turn the tables and ask mom some real questions; questions that could help inform you about your own life and gain some insight into the life of the woman who raised you. You might just find yourself learning something new -- and appreciating your mom that much more. 

Here are just a few questions to get you started: 

1. When did you know you were ready to have kids?

2. How do you feel about the idea of "having it all?"

2a. (If your mom works) How did you first tackle the balancing act of work and children? Did that balance change over time? 

3. Who are your closest friends and why? How are those friendships different than when you were in your 20s and 30s?

4What are your biggest regrets and how would you fix them?

5. What do you wish you had known in your 20s or 30s that you know now?

6. What's your most prized possession and why?

7. What's been the most surprising thing about raising children? 

8. What was the best trip you ever took and why?

9. Did you ever feel pressure to get married? Were you ever told by your parents that you should get married?

10. Why did you get married? 

11. What's the best parenting advice you ever received?

12. What was your most memorable parenting moment?

13. What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?

14. What do you wish your mom had told you about herself?

Is there anything not on this list you'd like to ask your mom? Add it in comments or tweet it to us using the hashtag #HolidayQsForMom. 
 

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