Pocket Scrapbooking with Project Life

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Dec

4th

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.

Easy. Done.

photo 1

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.

COMMENTS

40 Responses

  1. Carol Fry says:

    This is awesome Becky! I am starting work on my Friends and Family VIP album and these questions are perfect for my nephews!

  2. Veronica says:

    I think I will do this with the two girls I babysit tonight. I babysat them all summer and we now have a special bond. They can add these to their scrapbooks that I made them this summer!

  3. Kim S says:

    I love doing life with you Becky!!!

  4. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing the sweet pieces of your life and how we can purposefully savor and capture such precious times.

  5. Emily says:

    I do a similar set of questions with my nephew when I get his school picture. The picture acts as a reminder to interview him. I would never remember at his birthday.

  6. Cathy says:

    I love this idea. My family started this type of thing as a “year in review” and each family member fills out their own answers followed by some fun sharing as part of our New Year’s Day tradition. Anyone we celebrate with completes it too. Can’t wait to include some of your questions for this year. My kids (now 17 and 19) LOVE to look back at their answers, hand writing, and how some things don’t change.

  7. Kimberly says:

    The timing of this couldn’t be better! My son turns 8 tomorrow. I have the list printed and ready to go! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

  8. Angie F says:

    LOVE the questions!! Thanks for the inspiration!! This will be a GREAT addition to my children’s scrapbooks!! And we’ll have fun doing it together!!

  9. Vera says:

    I started doing something like that after seeing it on a fellow project-lifer’s website. On my daughter’s 13th birthday I asked her 13 questions about what she likes/enjoys/wears/plays/reads right now – it will be fun to see how that changes!

  10. Sue M says:

    This would also work well for grandparents! Young & old alike would love to know these simple facts about Gram or Grandpa. What cherished memories they would make!

  11. Wens Vagner says:

    Becky – thanks for the list – I actually did this right then and there with both my kids – one was happy – the other a little reluctant – changed her mind when I started filling it ion all wrong (knowingly) LOL……Thanks Wens

  12. DaniBR says:

    I love the idea and I’ve been making monthly interview layouts for 3 months now. I had another old one made on 2011 I think… They are nice to look back some years from now.

  13. Mindy P says:

    I’ve been meaning to do the same type of thing with my parents. I’m motivated to get this done, not just “someday”, but today. Thanks!

  14. Stephanie Jones says:

    I just did a copy and paste into word. We do have a birthday coming up, but it can be done any time during the year. This reminded me……I have not done anything like this in quite a while!! But that won’t stop me from doing it now. Thank you Becky!!!

  15. Gail says:

    Unrelated question – I’m trying to find the Merry & Bright mini kit. Not in my HL or Micheals or on Amazon. Am I out of luck, or are there other options? BTW, the questions are great, and I will use with my grandchildren soon!

  16. Anika says:

    Thank you so much! We can use these questions every year to document the development of our children… Maybe we should use something like this for us too? Would be interesting to look back at our own answers in 10 or 20 years, right?

  17. Thank you very much Becky. You have a wonderful way of making PL even easier then it already is.

    Mary from NH

  18. Kylie O'Connor says:

    Becky, I noticed that Porter would love to visit Cairns in Queensland, Australia. I live in Qld, although not near Cairns but hubby has been there before for work and said he’d visit again in a heartbeat!! Maybe we’ll see out this way one day!!

  19. Gina says:

    Love this list…of course my 13 year old will never admit to having a favorite ANYTHING so that makes it hard. I’m going to see if I can adapt and not use the word favorite.

  20. Cara says:

    So great! We also love this daily question book with room for answers for 3 years — a fun just before bed activity every night…and when we forget for a month or two (hey it happens!) my daughter loves answering a bunch at once to catch up:)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0307952967

  21. Well said and you have to share great information with us and its aggressive interview questing for little child. I think so confidentially treat the little child.

  22. Julie says:

    I do this on New Year’s Eve with my four kids, but I have the questions printed out ahead and they fill it in with their own handwriting. Then we read the ones from the previous year for fun. Thanks for some new question ideas!

  23. Mary Allison says:

    I’m selecting 10 and interviewing my grand kids then putting their picture with their responses. They are 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 and giving to their parents for valentines. Should be a hoot. Thanks for the idea. I did something similar with older child for Christmas over a year ago and forgot about this as a recurring event. Her responses at the time reflected her interests. Sadly I don’t remember most of her responses so I hope mom kept her sheet. It will be fun to compare a year and half later.

  24. jasmine says:

    i really do think that this is a great website!!!!

  25. jasmine says:

    i am a teacher and this really does work on the kids

  26. chikezie uwazie says:

    Thank you for this expository topic. I just ran into your page now and it is actually helping me for a project I have for kids in Nigeria.

  27. Isabel says:

    Thank it helped me a lot!

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  29. Brooke says:

    these questions were really helpful because my school has a webcast and i was interviewing someone and i didn’t know what to ask so i looked at this and i had the most best answers out of all of the interviews i ever did!!!! thank you!

  30. SAHIL says:

    please change your questions

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  36. Rosa says:

    I LOVE doing this! I did something similar… 7 years ago (gulp) … And I still love to look back at the questions and answers and my boys love looking back at them too and we laugh because the answers were so representative of them at their respective ages. Time goes by so fast… Thinking back at that time and how much older they are now brings a lump in my throat… thanks for the reminder to stop and capture them… And to do this at least once a year. xoxo

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