This weeks link up with Seven Cherubs ‘Cherish the Cherubs task is to be based around the Interview. Interviewing family and friends is a great way to both record and remember the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of a person from a particular moment in time.
A couple of years ago my eldest son made up a series of questions and interviewed his brothers and us, his mum and dad. He also set up the video recorder to catch it all on film and so we are left with a great source of amusement and insight into our beliefs, our values and a wonderful appreciation for all that we cherished at the time. (Not to mention how we look and sound!)
This week I decided to do a Fathers Day interview and ask the kids (the ones that can answer properly) some questions about their dad. Obviously this is something you can do at any time and about any topic and something I hope to do more of in the future.
Here is a snapshot of the interview.
What makes your dad a great dad?
11 yr old: He buys us stuff from Seven Eleven and he hangs out with us a lot
9 yr old: He gives us Slurpees and is renovating our house and takes holidays with us and spends lots of time playing with us.
8 yr old: He’s good at looking after us
What do you love to do with your dad?
11 yr old: Play footy and cricket with him and having talks
9 yr old: Play footy with us, take us to the local footy and swim in the pool with us
8 yr old: Go to the local footy, play footy, golf and ten pin bowling
What could your dad improve on?
11 yr old: Ummm…lets see…I don’t really want to answer that…umm…nope there’s actually nothing
9 yr old: Nothing…really
8 yr old: Nothing because he’s the best at everything
Do you know your dads favourite TV show?
11 yr old: the footy
9 yr old: Entourage
8 yr old: Amazing Race and Survivor
What is dads favourite food?
11 yr old: Chicken Parmigana
10 yr old: Tacos
8 yr old: Beer, lollies, hot jam donuts
What’s something funny your dad does?
11 yr old: When the two of us blame mum for our farts
9 yr old: When he tries to sing
8 yr old: When he creeps up and scares me
So grab the kids, some pen, paper or even a video and ask some juicy questions to get some real insight into their lives right now. Another idea would be to ask the them the same questions each year to see how their answers vary. Some examples of questions we have used in the past are:
- What would be the first thing you would change if you were Prime Minister?
- Where is your favourite place to be?
- Who are some of your favourite people and why?
- If you could do any job what would it be?
- What famous person would like to meet, why and what would you ask them?
Just a few examples of how you can continue to record and remember the lives of your kids and continue to cherish the cherubs.
And some Fathers Day presents lovingly picked from the school Fathers Day stall!