Remember Interview Your Kids, Part One? The one where we asked our kids questions about us? (The comments were hilarious, by the way.)
This is slightly different and sorta the same…
I’ve interviewed my kids about themselves at least once per year.
Of all the things I’ve written about them, these interviews are my favorite things to go back and read. Each one is a direct portal into who they were at that moment in time on that particular day. Their answers will likely never be the same again. (And of course if some are the same years later…won’t that be super interesting too? Like if their three-year-old self actually does predict their profession?)
The first time I “interviewed” Crappy Boy he was two years, eight months old.
Here are a few of the best:
(I noticed that later that same day I jotted down the swearing story about the peas being too hot that wound up in my book. He was particularly, um, wise that day.)
I interviewed him again a year later when he was three:
And again when he was four:
See the contrast and how freakily fast they grow? Goodbye whimsical answers and hello seriousness.
It usually goes pretty well (kids LOVE to talk about themselves) but even when they aren’t interested or it doesn’t go smoothly, it is still worth doing.
Like my first interview attempt with Crappy Baby when he was two:
And again a few months later…
He then answered every question with “poop” including what the meaning of life is and what he wants to be when he grows up.
So now it is your turn. Interview your kids. Do it!
I don’t care how you do it (write it down, audio recording, video) just do it!
PS – I’m not telling you to do this in a know-it-all advice way. This is purely selfish, people. It is because I’m hoping some of you will share an answer or two in the comments again. Okay, and it really is a cool thing to look back on.
Some question ideas:
- What is the meaning of life?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What brings you the most happiness?
- When do you feel the most loved?
- What are you afraid of?
- If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
- What is the funniest word?
- What is the hardest/easiest thing to do?
- What is the best/worst thing in the world?
- What makes you mad?
- What is the meaning of love?
- If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?
To enter, comment below! (It doesn’t have to be a question/answer comment, although those would be more fun. Worldwide.) Ends Monday – June 24, 2013. Winner will be emailed.
Congrats to Carrie W!