21 Necessary Questions You'll Only Want To Ask Your Dad In Your 20s

by Tessa Harvey

Those of us lucky enough to have a great relationship with our dad know he's truly in a league of his own.

We wouldn't trade his hilarious Hawaiian-shirt-wearing shenanigans and constant dad jokes for anything in the world. And let's be honest: Dad always knows the best things to say, even if they're totally corny.

As a teen, you probably weren't always willing to hear his advice. Instead, you rolled your eyes and laughed when he attempted to be serious with you.

But when you're in your 20s, and even a little wiser, you might be willing to listen.

From financial advice, to Dad's favorite childhood memories, it's important to talk to your dad about as much as you can – even if his answers are extra cheesy.

These are the 21 questions you'll only want to ask your dad in your 20s.

1. What's a 401(k)?

If you haven't started, or even began to think about saving for retirement, now is a great time to talk to Dad about the right plan for you.

2. How do I know if I've made the best career choice?

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Your dad will love giving you some insight here. After all, he knows you best, and wants to see you succeed in all aspects of life.

3. How do I fix a flat tire?

You're in your 20s, so you should definitely know how to handle a flat tire situation on your own. Spend a few hours with Dad learning how to solve it like a pro.

4. What's our best family recipe?

Marinate chicken on the grill, or whip up his grandma's winter soup. Whatever that special recipe may be, Dad's got more up his sleeve than you know.

5. What's your favorite memory from when you were my age?

You're kind of, sort of, adulting now, so it would definitely be nice to add a level to your relationship with your dad that allows you learn more about him.

6. What was your first job like?

Stories like this are a laugh and a lesson, all in one.

7. What do you wish you had done before having kids?


If you don't already have children of your own, Dad may be able to shed some light on what to add to your own bucket list.

8. Can you teach me how to do your favorite hobby?

Spend time immersing yourself in something he loves.

9. How do I negotiate my pay like a #GirlBoss?

Dad might have some awesome negotiating skills up his sleeve to help you get what you really deserve.

10. Are you proud of me?

OK, he probably won't say no to this one. But, this question offers some encouragement from Dad, and a moment for you, too, to consider whether you're happy with what you've accomplished in life so far.

11. What's the most valuable thing in life to you?

You're in your 20s, and Dad's definitely got a few years on you. Take advantage of his incredible perspective.

12. What's one thing you wish you'd known when you were my age?

Let him drop some relevant knowledge on you, and soak it all up.

13. How do I know if I've made the right choice in a life partner?


Whether your dad is currently in a relationship or not, he's probably experienced relationships that worked, and some that failed.

Dad also won't hold back if he thinks the guy you're dating is a complete jerk.

14. What's the best way to manage my monthly finances?

Maybe Dad has some serious financial skills, and maybe not. You'll never know if he can help a girl out if you don't ask.

15. What was your favorite car you've ever owned?

You know this one will trigger some prime Dad stories.

16. What don't I already know about our family heritage?

Take an opportunity to learn about your family's history, so you know for any future family you might have.

17. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Pick his brain -- not just for his own advice, but for the best advice he's been told.

18. What's the best gift you've ever received?

Don't be hurt if it's not the mug you gave him for Father's Day five years ago.

19. What has been the most fulfilling part of your life this far?


Major #dad and #life insight coming right up.

20. How did you know you wanted to be a dad?

Maybe he never knew, and maybe he always did.

21. What was it like holding your first child for the first time?

Even if it's you, ask. He's probably up for a walk down memory lane, and will enjoy sharing that special story with you.

If your dad has been a positive influence in your life – recently, or always – it's important to open up and talk to him. Truly show him you want him to be a critical part of your life.

Grab Dad, and get talking. Time with you is something he'll love even more than material gifts this Father's Day.