Summer shares how to answer tough questions in the moment.
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How to Answer Tough Questions In the Moment

As a parent, you need to get ready to answer tough questions. Children keep life interesting because you never know what they’ll ask or when they will ask it. You can never truly tell what is going through their minds or what they are feeling. For that reason, be ready for the unexpected. My son Jaylan caught me off guard when he asked me a question I wasn’t prepared to answer

The experience taught me a few ways I could get ready to answer tough questions:

  1. Do research so you can keep learning

As you learn more about different subjects, you keep growing. Another way to research is by talking to people who have different experiences from yours. You can also research and learn by talking to people who are ahead of you in the journey. They’ve been where you are today and can share pointers to help you in your current situation.

  1. Get an education

There’s something about getting an education that prepares you to answer tough questions. And as an education broadens your thinking and increases your capacity to listen well and respond honestly to tough questions.

  1. Have an open mind

An open mind and deliberate exposure to new experiences get you ready to answer tough questions which come your way. Often, an open mind helps you think on your feet as you have many different reference resources in mind.

  1. Start preparing today to answer tough questions

Tough situations and questions will come. Whether it is in the form of tough interview questions, a question from your spouse, your kids, or at work, start your preparation for tough questions and situations.

What situations can you anticipate from your employer, kids, spouse?

Next, think about how you would respond if they asked those questions. Forewarned is forearmed. If you need help, please reach out. And I can assure you no matter which tough questions you are asked to answer – you’ve got this!



I’m Summer Owens, and my passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. As an international resilience and leadership keynote speaker, author, S.O. What! Success Coach, and creator of the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum, I empower people to say, “So what!” to even their greatest challenges.  provide a framework to help people see past their challenges and focus on solutions using the S.O. What! Success System (Overcome Obstacles + Eliminate Excuses + Calculate Choices = S.O. What! Success). Through keynotes, workshops, books, online courses, and workbooks, I use life’s challenges and my own story of resilience as a rape survivor and teen mom success story to help others confidently pursue their dreams.

Looking for an inspiring college motivational speaker? A high school literacy curriculum? A middle school life skills workbook? A great example for teen mothers? A women’s empowerment or single mother’s conference speaker?  I’m your girl and will help any audience say, “S.O. What!”.