Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Could I ask a favor, please?

Last night I just couldn't sleep. I kept having this nagging feeling that my kids are growing up, and I am missing it. I believe this is hitting me because in the last few months my two littlest turned 3 and 1 respectively. The 3 year old has because talking up a storm, and the one year old is walking everywhere. Just a few months ago I had lots of crawling and baby talk. Now it's over. Then I realize all my other children have passed through these stages, and now what do I document about them? They have their teeth, they have done all their firsts, but they still are doing and thinking interesting things. I just don't always notice. I am always busy around here, and not paying attention to many of the details individual to each child. In other words, if I am not careful, I lump them all together. Therefore, I am asking for your help.

I have an idea; I would like to interview my children, one by one, and get some individual information about each of them. I would ask that you help me by giving me some questions I might ask them. I have a 12 yo boy,10 year old girl, 9 year old girl, 7 year old boy, 5 year old girl, three year old boy, and 1 year old girl. Of course the one year old won't answer any questions, but the rest will. I will then give each of them an individual post with their interview. I could come up with some questions myself, of course, but some from sources other than mom might be taken more seriously. I will print off their interviews, and put them in each of their baby books.

I would greatly appreciate anything you could offer to this project, as I am really looking forward to delving into each one of my kiddos. Thanks in advance!


Blogger Kate said...

Questions for a...

12 yo boy:
Name one things that most grown-ups assume you don't know that you do know.

10 year old girl:
Which do you prefer: American Girl, or Barbie. Why?

9 year old girl:
If you had an entire day with just your mother and father, and none of your siblings, what would you want to do that day? What games wold you play? Where would you go? What would you eat?

7 year old boy: What do you think you are better at than anybody in the entire family.

5 year old girl:
If you could be the same age as one of your siblings (12, 10, 9, 7, 3 or 1) which age would you want to be and why?

three year old boy:
What is your favorite thing about being a boy?

I'm looking forward to hearing the answers. I think this is a great idea! There's usually a lot more going on inside kids' minds than I think we give them credit for.

June 29, 2005  
Blogger Adinah said...

good job Kate! I might throw in a question about grandparents too, if they have them....some of my best memories from my childhood are with my Granny. Also maybe nicknames or pet names you may have for them or they have for each other.

June 29, 2005  
Blogger ~pen~ said...

first of all, and i should probably comment where the picture actually is, but your children are amazing and beautiful! no wonder you are stressing over missing out on something!!

w/out looking at previous comments:

12 y/o boy: what is your favorite thing about being the oldest?

10 y/o girl: if there was one thing in the entire world you could have all to yourself and all by yourself, what would it be?

9 y/o girl: what is your favorite television show (if your mama lets you watch television...)

7 year old boy: from one middle child to another, do you have anything special you like to do to *stand out* from your brothers and sisters?

5 y/o girl: are you helpful to your mommy when it comes to taking care of your little brother and sister?

3 y/o boy: who's your favorite rugrat? (again, if he's allowed to watch t.v. - if not, i'll rephrase the question...)

1 y/o girl: what is your favorite type of object to find on the floor and stick in your mouth?

i will now post and go back to read the other questions...

June 29, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a few...
12 yo: Describe something you admire most about one of the men you know (maybe your dad, your priest, a friend of the family, or grandpa), and tell how you could imitate that good quality.
10 yo: When you are a grown-up, where would you like to go on a ladies' getaway with your mom & sisters? And why do you think that would be a fun place to go?
9 yo: If you had a farm, what kind of animals would you have (and of course, why) and what would you name them?
7 yo: What do you think about when you are fishing with your grandpa or dad? Or, what do you like about fishing?
5 yo: What do you like to draw? (And draw me a picture.)
3 yo: What do you like to do with (name a certain brother or sister)?
1 yo: Oh my doodness! Isn't she dust de tweetest widdle nummy num num...oh sorry. Got carried away by the sight of the pudge in the cute birthday pic! :-)

June 29, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12 yo boy:

What is the hardest thing you'll have to give up once you become a teenager?

10 year old girl:

What is the neatest thing about your mother that you hope you are like when you are a mom?

9 year old girl:

Do you like animals?

7 year old boy:

Are you into sports or are you more of an outdoorsman?

5 year old girl:

What is Heaven like?

three year old boy:

Have you ever had "Cap'n Crunch" cereal? (don't)

June 30, 2005  
Blogger Hope said...

My dad reminded me the other day that parenting is not for wimps. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog....I have had yours bookmarked for quite a while already.

I don't have any questions for your kids but I just encourage you to teach them by example what it looks like to become who God created you to be.

July 05, 2005  
Blogger rita said...

I have a question for your 3yo, (maybe a multiple choice would work best) : if you could be a fruit, which would you be? if you could be a color, what color would you be, you get the idea!
How sweet! I love this idea!!
your children are just gorgeous...

July 05, 2005  
Blogger Kitty said...

Having almost raised my children, the youngest is 16 and the oldest will be 25 in 2 months, I don't really have any questions to ask them. Just listen!!! Thing will come popping out when you least expect it and that's when you hope you have at least a crayon around to write it down.
One thing that I learned the hard way was the averaging idea. Having 5 kids in 8 years, I tended to average the ages so that everyone sort of did the same things at the same time. Didn't work, so don't try it. I first realized this when my oldest at 12 wanted to ride his bike with some friends to the corner store. My first thought was NO, you're too young. Then I looked at him and realized, no, you are just the right age to do that. Be careful, wear your helmet, watch for cars! He was the right age, the others weren't yet! I had to rethink my habit of making everyone an average age so that the older one could do what older kids should do and the younger ones had to wait their turn. Very difficult to let go. The day the oldest pulled out of the driveway by himself in his old beat up car, I lit a Guardian Angel candle and prayed til he got home. And it doesn't get any easier. But prayer helps.
So, listen! Listen to them pray, listen to them talk to friends, Grandparents, other adults. You'll be surprised at the thoughts in the minds of your gifts from God. Kitty

July 07, 2005  

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