Saturday, 1 June 2013

Conversation Questions: Family and Alternative Lifestyles

  • Can you describe a typical family in your country?
  • Who is the head of the household in a typical family in your country?
  • Do many wives work in your country?
    • What kinds of jobs do they have?
  • If parents are both working, does this cause more or less stress in a family?
  • If a wife works outside the home, should the husband help with the housework inside the home? Why or why not?
  • Are there many divorces in your country?
  • What impact does divorce have on a family in your country?
    • What happens to the divorced people?
    • What happens to their children?
  • Are there many single-parent families in your country?
    • Are they usually headed by men or women?
  • What do you think of married couples who decide not to have any children?
  • Do single women in your country ever decide to have a baby and raise the child by themselves? What do you think about this kind of decision?
  • Where do grandparents live in your country?
  • Do grandparents help to look after their grandchildren?
  • Who should take care of old people?
  • Do unmarried couples live together in your country these days?
    • What do people in your society think about this kind of arrangement?
  • Do people in your country ever decide to remain single and not create a family?
    • If so, what does the rest of your society think?
  • Is it necessary to get married to have a good life?
  • Do people who are not related by blood ever live communally in your country?
  • Is polygamy allowed in your culture?
    • Is it OK to have more than one spouse?
    • Would you like this life style?
    • What countries allow this?
    • What religions allow it?
  • What do you think of people who get married many times?
  • Do children in your country ask for their parents' approval before they get married? Why or why not?
  • Does the whole family discuss important decisions?
  • When do children leave their parents' home in your country?
  • When do parents' stop giving financial support to their children?
  • Who in your family would you turn to if you had an emotional problem? Why?
  • If you had a financial problem, would you expect your family to help?
  • What is a perfect family or alternative lifestyle for you?

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