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Interview with Elmo’s Mom

Sweet Pea is 35 months old.

From: Back around New Year’s, Amy posted about her yearly family interview on Teach Mama and then I recently saw something similar from Nicole at Tired Need Sleep.


  • Pen or pencil.
  • List of interview questions. (Amy has a down-loadable one here or you can use mine.)


  • Print out the interview questions or just jot some down on a sheet of paper.
  • Sit across from your tot and let them know that you want to ask them a few questions.
  • Ask your tot questions for as long as they remain interested.

Observations: Here is our interview.  Everything in blue is a direct quote.

What is your name?  Elmo’s Mom.

How old are you?  I am 2.  What do words say?

When is your birthday?  My birthday is in April. Can I help write?

Who is your mom?  You.  [Pointing at me.]

What does your mom do?  [Blank stare] What is something I like to do?Shopping. [Uhm… I wouldn’t say I like it, but it is something we end up doing a lot!]

Who is your daddy? Elmo’s Grandpa.

What does Daddy do?  Takes a shower.  Goes to work. Eats breakfast with us on weekend.  Is tomorrow weekend?

What is your favorite color?  My favorite color is blue.

What is your favorite song?  Rudolph.

What do you want to do when you are a grown up?  Play with Thomas.

Where do you want to live when you grow up?  In a house.  I will live in a house with Thomas.

What is your favorite food?  [Blank stare] What would you like mom to make you for lunch? Soup.

What is your least favorite food?  I don’t know.  I want soup.  Can I have soup for lunch?

What is your favorite animal?  A kitty.

What do mama and daddy do when you go to bed?  Watch T.V.

Who does our family love the most?  Baby!

What is your favorite TV show?  Dora is my favorite show.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Chocolate!  [Very excitedly.]

Where do you like to eat?  In a restaurant.  Which restaurant do you like to eat at? Is there more questions? [Trying to look at my paper.]

What is your favorite book?  This one. [Points to the Clifford Easter book in front of her.] Are we finished now?

What is your favorite thing to do?  An activity.  [She means a Tot School activity, but she was really distracted by this point and I couldn’t get her to elaborate.]

I am happy I finally did this and I can’t wait to do it again in another year (or maybe 6 months).   What a fun record this should turn out to be!

Notes from the Trenches: As you can tell, the questioning  went on a little too long for Sweet Pea.  There were more questions on the list, but she had totally lost interest so I couldn’t get to them.  You might want to make sure you start with your favorite questions and then go back to fill in with the less interesting ones if your tot is still interested.

My advice is to just grab a piece of paper and pencil and start asking questions instead of waiting for the perfect situation.  I meant to do this at New Years and then forgot about it, and now here it is 4 months later already.  How time flies.

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


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