Warm-up Question: How many children do you know? Whose children are they?

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Why do people decide to have children?
  2. Why do people decide not to have children?
  3. Would you like to have children in the future? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think you are or would be a good parent? Why or why not?
  5. Babies can be noisy. How do you feel when there is a crying baby near you? How do you think the baby’s parents feel?
  6. At which age are children most likable?
  7. What is it like talking to a young child? How is it different from talking to an older child or adult?
  8. Do people have children to make themselves happy? Is having a child a selfish act?
  9. Would you consider adopting a child? Why or why not?
  10. Is a good reason to have children to avoid being lonely later in life?
  11. What makes it so expensive to raise a child these days?
  12. If raising children was free, how many children would you like to have?
  13. Some parents want their children to have the best of everything. As a parent, would you try to give your children high quality or expensive things?
  14. Children usually love sweet foods. How important is the food that children eat? Does it have to be healthy?
  15. Would you put a lot of pressure on your kids to study hard? Why or why not?
  16. Is overprotection of children a problem? Should children be exposed to more risks? Are children being kept in bubblewrap?
  17. If you had a daughter, would you be more protective of her than of a son? If so, why?
  18. Does a child’s TV watching or computer use need to be strictly controlled?
  19. Is it wrong for a parent to have a favorite child?
  20. Does a family need children to be considered “a family”? Can a couple without kids be a family?
  21. Many children rebel through clothes, music, and extreme behavior. How would you react to your child acting like this?
  22. At what age does a child become an adult?
At a beach with the ocean in the background, a parent is helping a young child to walk.