How to interview your kids

Several years ago, my aunt and I were chatting about kids and memories. She shared that one of her most favorite traditions was Birthday Videos.

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“Birthday videos?” I asked.

“Sure,” she explained. “Every year, on their birthday, I ask the kids a series of questions, recording the video.” She shared that they later enjoy watching these videos of the years past. Now that the her kids are over 21, they have a collection of memories and voices, so you can imagine the mix of loving emotions when they watch the quick videos.

I loved the idea, but having already missed at least 6 birthdays combined, I wasn’t as on the roll with starting the videos. What’s more… I just, sadly, never got around to it.

But with YouTube, I do have the opportunity to capture their ideas and thoughts on video and save them for the future. And, oh, how I love watching videos of the kids as they grow. Not to mention sharing with others. Just this weekend, I made my husband watch this video of my Little, when she turned the tables on me and pulled a little Oprah, interviewing me instead.

I spent some time today filing my numerous videos into different YouTube lists. After about an hour or so of reliving memories, I found this video of Big, about 6 years ago this. For this video, I’d collected a list of questions to interview Big for my birthday. What a gift he gave me! Oh, how different his answers must be now. Or would they be? And how different he appears on video now.

Naturally, this inspired me to prepare a new video. If I don’t do it every year, perhaps every 5 years will give me an idea of how much the kids have grown, and how much their thoughts and ideas have changed.

Interview questions to ask your kids on video each year

What’s your name?
Where do you live?
Who do you live with?
Who are your friends?
Where do you go to school?
What do you like to do at school?
Do you like sports? games? art? Which are your favorites?
What is your favorite food?
What do you like about you?
What do you like about your mom?
What do you like about your dad?
What do you like about __________ (sibling, friend, family member)?
Where is your favorite place? Why?
What makes your mom/dad happy?
How big is your mom/dad?
How big are you?
What do you like to do for fun?
If could go anywhere right now, where would you go?
Imagine you could make anything for dinner, what would you make?
What makes you happy?

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

© 2014, Julie Meyers Pron. All rights reserved.

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