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Annual New Year’s Interview – 2013

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.   

Do an annual interview with your kids on New Year's.

From:  A few years ago I saw this great idea at Teach Mama and now we do one every year.  Amy revamped some of her interview questions so they are more geared towards older children now, but mine are still aimed for younger ones.




  • Print out the interview questions or just jot your own questions down on a sheet of paper.
  • Ask your tot the questions and write down her answers.
  • If your tot is old enough, request that she write her name and draw a picture of herself.
  • Store the interviews somewhere safe so you’ll be able to find them next year.  (I keep small hanging file folder boxes. for each member of the family that contain important documents.)

Observations:  I know I say this every year, but this is really one of my favorite activities.  It is so fun to hear both what has changed and what has stayed the same.    Here is our interview for 2013.  Everything in blue is a direct quote.

What is your name?   <Sweet Pea.>  You know my name is <Sweet Pea>, don’t you?

If you could change your name, what new name would you choose?  Snowflake

How old are you?  5.

When is your birthday?  April 25th.

What is your favorite color?  Blue and Pink.  The question says, “What is your favorite color?”, but it doesn’t mean just one color.

What is your favorite song?  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

What is your favorite food?  Pasta.

What food do you dislike the most?  I don’t like some salmon, but I do like the Alaska ones.  [She means that she doesn’t like smoked salmon, but she does like fresh.]

What is your favorite place to eat?  What’s that place with the color changing walls?  “Bo Lings?”  Yes.  Bo Lings. [It’s a Chinese restaurant.]

Who is your best friend?  I’ve got lots of friends.  My best, best, best friend is Kate.  

What is your favorite book?  Muddy Pup.  I can read all of it to you guys.

What is your favorite toy?   I don’t really have a favorite toy.  Well, what is something that you like to play with?  Oh!  My big dolphin!

What is your favorite movie?   Dolphin Tale

How do you like to spend your time?   With Family.


What is your Mommy’s name?   Shannon.

How old is Mommy?  35. 

What does Mommy do during the day?  You usually run.  And take Shiraz [our collie] to the groomer.

What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy? When we go out to Starbucks and both get a drink.  [I usually get her a double expresso. 😉 ]

What is your Daddy’s name?  Ross.

How old is Daddy?  36

What does Daddy do during the day?  Fixes problems and works on the computer.

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?  I like to play family.



What is your favorite thing that happened last year?  Going to the corn maze.

What are you looking forward to doing this year?  Carve pumpkins.

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?  To Grandma Trudy’s.

What will your job be when you grow up?  A cook.

Where do you want to live when you grow up?  North America.  Where in North America?  Where we live now.

Do you want to get married someday?   Yes.

Who would you like to marry? George. [A friend who was in her class last year.]

Notes from the Trenches:   We broke our interview up into 2 sessions this time.  I find that if I ask too many at once, she runs out of steam and her answers start getting a bit terse.  Now, don’t wait to do this with your kids.  Grab a pen and paper and start asking!

Rating: 3 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Frugal)  

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