Published On: Sun, Dec 14th, 2014

Interviewing Your Child

I have recommended you start with your preschooler because any younger it can be difficult to get kids to sit and chat while you ask a list of questions. You could attempt this with younger children, but you may find yourself chasing them for answers. If you create your own questions, ensure you ask those that will not make your child look silly, or with intent on embarrassing them.  While you may wish to capture the innocence in your child, this shouldn’t mean it’s at their expense. While I have separated the questions into age groups as a guide, you could certainly mix and match according to your child and what questions you think they will comprehend.

Future viewing by your child of their interviews will give them a rare insight into their thoughts at that age, something you simply can’t capture on paper or even day to day videoing. Before you begin your questions, explain what you’re going to do and why. Pick a time when you know they are well rested, toileted, fed and in an agreeable mood to give you both the best chance of a great interaction. I also suggest nothing in their hands, and keep distractions to a minimum.

4 Year Olds

MW Interviewing Your Child3What is your name and how old are you?
Tell me one of your favourite toys and who bought it for you.
Tell me three shows you love to watch on TV.
Tell me two things you like to do with Daddy.
Tell me two things you like to do with Mummy.
Do you have a brother or sister. If so what are their names & what games do you play with them?
What is your favourite thing to do at home?
What makes you very angry?
What makes you very happy?
Do you go to preschool?
What is your teachers name and who are your friend at preschool?
Is there anything else you would like to tell everyone about yourself?

6 Year Olds

Who is the funniest person you know?Claire's 6 year old birthday party with a friend and her Papa.
What is Daddy’s favourite thing to do?
What is Mummy’s favourite thing to do?
What is your most favourite thing to do?
If you could have a different name what would it be and why?
What is the scariest thing you know?
If you were the boss of the world. What would you tell everybody to do?
Who is the boss at your house? How do you know this?
If you had lots of money, what would you buy mum & dad?
What are you good at?
If we were going on holiday, what three things would you pack first?
Is there anything else you would like to tell everyone about yourself?

9 Year Olds

MW Interviewing Your ChildIf you could magically turn into an animal, what animal would it be and why?
If you could be anybody else for a day, who would you be and why?
What makes you feel excited?
If you have children, how many do you think is a good number and why?
Who is the best cook that you know?
Have you ever told a lie and if so what was it?
If you could make one rule for everyone in the world to follow, what would it be?
When you are grown, what kind of job would you like to do and why?
Who are your friends and what do you like about them?
What’s one think you think Mum should do differently?
Is there anything else you would like to tell everyone about yourself?

12 Year Olds

MW Interviewing Your Child2What is your favourite music and what music do you think stinks?
Who are your friends at the moment and where did you meet them?
Name three shows you like to watch on TV.
If mum and dad could buy you anything you wanted, what would it be?
What thoughts have you had if any on what career you would like to follow?
What was the best thing you think mum and dad ever did you for?
What has been the best holiday so far?
What advice would you like to give your parents?
If you could go back and be four again, what would you tell yourself?
What age would you like to be forever?
If you could change something about the world what would it be?
Is there anything else you would like to tell everyone about yourself?

Danielle Mantakoul 2012
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