I recently came across a fun questionnaire for children on the CrayonFreckles
site and, with the exception of a few questions (I swapped some of hers out for some of my own), I used her outline to interview my oldest son. I had to change a couple of things to be more age appropriate, as my son’s already aware of how babies are made, and I wanted to change out a few of the more religious questions. I’m so glad that I did this- although it’s an easy questionnaire and doesn’t take much time, I discovered things that I didn’t know about my child and this has made me feel so much closer to him. I teared up a couple of times, listening to him talk, and he teared up during one of these. He’s heading to an age where it’ll be a lot more difficult to speak to him for any length of time so, while he’s still receptive, I’m so thrilled to have taken this time with him.
Be sure to check out the site mentioned above for a great printable, in case you want to ask your own wee ones!
1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything, what would it be?
That’s kinda tricky. I would say, a big house, with lots of land and just squares and rectangles.
2. What do you think is in outer space?
Stars. Planets and then, far beyond all of the planets, there are other galaxies….probably with other life.
3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been?
Canada’s Wonderland. I like it more than the cottage because nothing really exciting happened at the cottage. Well, we tipped a canoe but…
My favourite thing about Canada’s Wonderland was all of the rides and Ethan flipping out on the rollercoaster.
4. What are you good at?
I’m good at learning different languages. I’m good at sports and I’m good at helping others.
5. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Hmm. I don’t know. Wait, are these questions necessary? Probably something you’ve said.
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the fact I’ve started a job and that I’ve raised lots of money for charity- and that I will help people when they need help.
7. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
You don’t want to know!
I would probably play tons of tricks on people, or get all of the money from a bank… but, I mean, I’m never going to be invisible.
8. What is the worst smell in the world?
Wet socks. Ones I’ve worn after gym class.
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Whatever is going to make me lots of money.
10. What makes you cry?
When I saw that you guys were sad when I was about to have my surgery. Like, seeing the people I love being really sad.
11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark?
Uh, I don’t think there were dinosaurs. I did see the movie but, uh, I don’t think so.
12. What are you scared of?
(answered straight away)
13. If you could mix any animals, what two animals would you combine?
A cheetah mixed with a bear. It would be strong and fast.
(As a side note, I’m so glad he didn’t say “bulldog and shihtzhu”- that’s totally what I was expecting)
14. Who is your hero?
Probably you or Dad. Mainly you though ’cause I think that you are very smart and you know how to manage things. You hold everyone together and do fun things.
15. What is your favorite song?
One Republic- Counting Stars (he could only name the lyrics to it).
16. What is a friend?
A friend is someone that you can count on, for your secrets- someone you trust.
17. What is your favourite memory?
(after a lot of thought)
When I got the Dad I never had. There’s lots of memories from when Ethan and I played together, or getting to have tiny siblings because I’ll get to have nephews and nieces. I would say the best one was getting to have a Dad though because mine left me.
18. If you could be any animal, what type of animal would you be?
I like tigers and bears but I would say I’d like to be a tiger because they’re going extinct…so if I was one then maybe I could help protect the tiger existence.
19. Who is your best friend?
Um, well I guess I’m popular. I had two schools here so I have friends from there and from the new school too. I can’t really choose my best friend because I have tons of them but, if I have to, then I would say Cole, Jaren and Dylan are my best ones. And Hayden too. Those are all of my best ones and I can’t choose just one. There’s also Lucas- and then that would probably be it.
20. What is your favorite thing to do with family?
Go on a walk, or go to the beach…something outdoors-like.
21. What is the most important rule?
Don’t go out without your parents.
22. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
I would do things for people that don’t have a lot of food. I would use some for my family and I too, going on a big trip and getting a good-sized house.
23. Why do people get old?
I don’t know, I’m not a scientist! You’ve gotta do *something*. That’s the way we were made- if we don’t get old then we can’t grow up, have kids and families. I don’t have a big theory, that’s just the way we were made.
24. What is love?
Why are you asking me such weird questions?! It’s when two people have strong feelings for eachother and they decide to be with one another, to have a family together and to stay together for their lives. That’s what I think love is.
25. If your pet could talk, what would it say?
Ben, you’re a sonofa—-
Don’t write that. Mom…alright, whatever. She would say, “I need to be fed. I want to go to the washroom. Pay attention to me!” She would just give us orders and ask for things, like Charlii does.
26. If you had super powers, what would they be?
Super strength and super speed. I would also have super intelligence and, I guess, why not- to fly!
27. What’s the best thing about being a kid?
That you don’t have to pay for your bills or make your own food and you don’t have to buy your own house. You don’t have to take care of yourself and you don’t have any kids to deal with, unless you’re an older sibling like myself. Sometimes you can sit back and play a videogame or just play outside and take a bike ride. Plus, you always have family there to help you make decisions and help you get through things but, if you’re a grown up, you have to make your own decisions.
And can I add another answer the question before this? I would read minds too.
28. Why do people have different colour skin?
Um, because some choose to stay inside and that makes them very pale- I don’t know why though. Some people are just born that way. I don’t know the story but there were two groups of people and they split up- there was a black side and a white side and I don’t know how to tell it but some got lighter because of where we live, I think? I don’t know. These questions are hard.
29. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why?
Oh! Um, Stephen Hawking! I’d like to be friends with him or Albert Einstein…or any great inventor or mathematician. They could help me with my homework, help me construct things and, if I hang out with them a lot, then I would become smarter too.
30. What makes you happy when you’re sad?
When I get sad that I may die some day, I try to think of the present and live life for today. I’ll just distract myself if I’m sad in general, with something else to do.
31. Do you have a lucky number? Why is it lucky to you?
Eight. It’s lucky because, when I was 8, I got a soccer jersey with my age on it and it was my favourite number for the whole year. After that, it kind of just stuck with me.
32. If you could be president for the day, what would you do?
I would eliminate electricity or water bills. I would start to pay the country $100 towards grocery costs for families that might need it. I would try to get it so that school work is done in schools and not at home.
33. What is something that you don’t understand about grownups?
Love. For sure, it’s just really confusing to me.
34. What is the greatest thing ever invented?
I would say electricity, being found and used to power so many things. It gives us light and electricity is related to technology- I just think it’s all really cool.
35. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it?
Yeah, I’ve played many jokes! I joked that my friend’s girlfriend liked me…and set it up with the whole class. Everyone was in on it and he believed it but then we obviously told him it was just a joke.
I also drew on my brother’s face while he was sleeping. Twice.
36. What do you think is the most important appliance or piece of furniture in your house?
Our kitchen….The stove!
37. What is your favorite word? Why?
I’d say “stuff” because it gets me out of lots of things that I didn’t want to say.
38. If you had your own country, what would it be called?
Funland. Only because B.C. is already a place.
39. What do you dream about when you sleep?
Most of the time I don’t have any dreams but, when I do, it’s a nightmare. One time I had a nightmare that we were walking on a bridge and the girls fell off when I wasn’t looking. They were swept under the water and you and Dad jumped in after them. Then it was just Ethan and I. Before the dream ended, his jaw opened wide open and his face turned into stone. Then he fell apart…and then I woke up.
40. If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? Why?
The drums because I like the beat and I like how, when you whack all of them at the same time, or really fast, it creates a very unique sound. Most of my favourite songs have lots of drums in them.
41. What 3 words would you use to describe our family?
Silly, weird and awesome.
42. What’s something you’d like to learn how to do?
Karate and to also learn how to conquer my fears.
43. If you had to give away all of your toys but one, which one would you keep?
Probably my wooden axe.
44. What do you think Heaven is like?
Um, I don’t really believe that you go to Heaven. I think, if it is real, I picture it being very bright and anything you want, you get. I believe in reincarnation though so I think we just come back. Maybe you could just have a choice though and go to Heaven instead. It’s hard though because no one really knows.
45. What is something that you’re thankful for?
I am thankful for a family that cooks my meals, puts up with me and gives me a good future- if that makes any sense.
46. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
I can’t remember lots but I’d say controlling my feelings and moving away from one of the house I liked and one of the schools I liked.
47. Do you think that telling the truth is always right, even if it hurts someone’s feelings?
48. If you could change one thing about me, what would it be?
Um, you stop keeping me inside sometimes and I just go wherever I want to go, whenever.
49. What’s the greatest thing about being you?
I’m kinda balanced because girls love me, only sometimes they’re way over-the-moon…. only my Nana is allowed to be over-the-moon in love with me. Seriously though, the greatest thing is that I have a home and food. Many families don’t have that.
50. If you could fix any one thing about the world, what problem would you fix first?
To help all families in the world love each other, get along and be happy- everywhere.
If you end up using this questionnaire, feel free to shoot me your link. I would love to see what your own children come up with!