interview questions for a child
I don’t know how it happened, but I blinked my eyes and our oldest is now 11 years old.
Last night our little family was sitting in a restaurant for Porter’s birthday dinner and I thought to get out my notebook and ask him a bunch of interview questions. I didn’t prepare anything in advance. I didn’t spend time really thinking about the questions I was asking him. I just started asking questions. Beginning with the end in mind in an impromptu kind of way, I knew these Qs and As would end up in his Project Life album without knowing exactly how I was going to do it. But it didn’t matter. I would figure out that part later.
Porter loved it. I loved it. And clearly Claire and Crew loved it because they insisted that they have a turn with this after I was done asking him questions. As I was reflecting on it later that night, I was recognizing that taking time to ask the questions that were all about him, was encouraging that whole self worth thing. He knew he was something special. Kids need to be reminded of this.
I shared the above photo on social media last night and there were several requests to see the list of questions. I hesitated sharing, simply because I didn’t put a lot of deep thought into this. I was in a noisy restaurant with a 5 year old on my lap and off my lap and back on my lap. I was scribbling the notes as fast as I could so we could get back home for homework and a reasonable bedtime. But … you’re right. Even having these ideas to get your own wheels spinning can be helpful.
Keep in mind that these are right now questions. We all know kids can change their mind month-by-month, week-by-week, minute-by-minute. The idea is that you are capturing who they are right now.
- What is your favorite color?
- What is your favorite food?
- What is your favorite treat?
- What is your favorite subject in school?
- What is your favorite sport?
- What is your favorite hobby?
- What is your favorite movie?
- What is your favorite tv show?
- What is your favorite book?
- What is your favorite animal?
- What is your favorite song?
- What is your favorite restaurant?
- What is your favorite vegetable?
- What is your favorite fruit?
- What is your favorite place to visit?
- Where do you WANT to visit some day?
- Who is your best friend?
- Who is your favorite cousin?
- What’s your favorite thing to do with (sister)?
- What’s your favorite thing to do with (brother)?
- What’s your favorite thing to do with Dad?
- What’s your favorite thing to do with Mom?
- What’s your favorite thing to do with (pet)?
- Where do you think you’ll go to college?
- Where do you think you might want to serve a mission?
- Where do you think you might get married?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What is one thing you want to learn how to do?
- What is one of your greatest talents?
- What are some of your other strengths?
- What is something that you wish for?
- What is something you wonder about?
- Who is someone that you miss?
- What makes you nervous?
- What makes you happy?
- What age do you look forward to – and why?
I did already get this little interview into Porter’s album by the way. Don’t be impressed that I’m that on-top-of-it. I was motivated to do it straight away mostly to show you guys the end result and how it fit into his Project Life album. (Love ya.) I decided to use a 6×12 Page Protector.
I printed the questions on a standard 8.5×11 piece of cardstock (making sure my margins were set correctly, knowing I would trim it to 6 inches wide), then after I slipped it into the 6×12 page protector, I cut off that top inch or so. I also wrote a quick title (“You at eleven years old”) on a card from the Cobalt Core Kit and adhered that to the side.
Note: There are enough questions to fill 2 pages, so you’re seeing the front here, and the questions continue on the back.
By the way … I did ask the other two kids the same questions last night as well. They both have September birthdays and I don’t think I ever remembered to do any documenting around that time.
It’s not too late to do this with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew. Don’t wait for their birthday. Take them aside right now, no matter how old they are. Remind them that they’re special through this one-on-one time you have with them. If you care to share a photo of your experience on social media, be sure to tag me so that I can see! @BeckyHigginsLLC on instagram or twitter. Or you can post it to my facebook wall.