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Annual New Year’s Interview

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

Sweet Pea shows off her new bike.

Sweet Pea requested a “big girl bike” from Santa.

From:   I’m so glad that we have started doing a yearly interview with Sweet Pea.  It is always so much fun to look back at all her old answers.  I originally saw this great idea at Teach Mama.


  • Pen or Pencil
  • List of Interview Questions.


  • 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 love Gretchen Rubin’s idea of family file boxes to store papers like these!  I have one for each of us, plus a “family” box.)

Observations: This is a one of my favorite activities.  I love seeing how Sweet Pea’s answers evolve as she gets older.  I highly recommend it for all ages.  Here is our interview for 2012.  Everything in blue is a direct quote.

What is your name?   [Sweet Pea]

If you could change your name, what new name would you choose?  Elizabeth.  [This is the name of one of her preschool friends.]

How old are you?  4.

When is your birthday?  April 25th.

What is your favorite color?  Pink and Blue.

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

What is your favorite food?  Pasta.

What food do you dislike the most?  Bananas.  [She used to love bananas, until she learned that I didn’t like them.]

What is your favorite place to eat?  Papa Kino’s.  [This is a pizza place.]

Who is your best friend?  Elizabeth and Fiona.

What is your favorite book?  Bear Stays Up. [Bear Stays Up for Christmas is one of the books from the excellent Bear series by Karma Wilson.]

What is your favorite toy?   Thomas the Train.

What is your favorite movie?   Tinkerbell and Dora

How do you like to spend your time?   Paint on the Easel.


What is your Mommy’s name?   Shannon.

How old is Mommy?  26.  [Ha!]

What does Mommy do?  She works on the computer and goes to the grocery store.

What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy? An activity.

What is your Daddy’s name?  Ross.

How old is Daddy?  He’s not a teenager… so 27.

What does Daddy do during the day?  Fixes computers and talks to his clients.

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?  Bike.



What is your favorite thing that happened last year?  Getting a bike.

What are you looking forward to doing this year?  Ride my bike enough times to learn to balance.

What did you learn how to do this year?  Braid.

Where would you like to go on vacation this year?  Disney trip that lasts only 1 day.  [I could not get her to elaborate on why she only wanted to go for 1 day.]

What will your job be when you grow up?  I’m going to be a mom.

Where do you want to live when you grow up?  Europe.  “Where in Europe?”  France.

Do you want to get married someday?   Yes.

Who would you like to marry? George. [Another preschool friend.]

Notes from the Trenches:  What are you waiting for?  Make up some questions and start asking!  🙂  You won’t be sorry.

Rating: 3 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Frugal)



3 comments to Annual New Year’s Interview

  • Karen

    Wow! My daughter just turned 4 before Christmas – this looks like so much fun and would be great to look back on in years to come……. A definite activity for this weekend – particularly as day care starts back next week…

  • Darci Burch

    Great idea. I tried it with my almost 3 year old but she either did not understand most of the questions or didn’t feel like answering them. I will save it and try again when she is older. I think it is a great idea and I plan to do it every year.

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