Squirrelflight turned 13 on the 19th, and while we had to put off the promised visit to Olympus Spa until her brother’s ready to handle four hours without my presence, I did start a new tradition with her.
Thanks to Pinterest, I discovered a lot of parents were already doing this: interviewing their kids on or just after each birthday and saving their answers for the future. While I loved the idea and wish I had started years ago, I didn’t like a lot of the questions other parents were asking — they just weren’t “us” at Willow and Birch — so I copied the ones I liked best and came up with some of our own.
Here’s our new tradition (answers are private):
20 Birthday Questions
1. How old are you?
2. Who is your best friend?
3. What is your favorite color?
4. What is your favorite food?
5. What do you like to do most with your family?
6. What do you like to do most alone?
7. What do you want to do as an adult?
8. What makes you happy?
9. What makes you sad?
10. What is your favorite show or movie?
11. What is your favorite book or series?
12. What do you most love to learn about?
13. What was the best part of your birthday?
14. What was your favorite memory from the last year?
15. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would you choose?
16. What do you think about before you fall asleep?
17. If you could change one thing about this world, what would it be?
18. Where would you most like to travel?
19. What is your greatest passion?
20. If you were president, what would you do?
Maybe these will work for you, or maybe you’ll come up with ones right for your family. My goal was to get progressively deeper with the questions. Although 17 and 20 may seem the same in many ways, the former deals with having omnipotence over one aspect of the world, while the other is a position of power with great authority and many choices, but also a host of challenges and restrictions. The older a child gets, the greater this distinction becomes apparent, as my daughter proved on the 20th during her interview.