The Fathers Day Interview: another way to record and remember

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!


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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Nee

    What a gorgeous family you have x

    1. Martine

      Thanks Nee x

  2. Sif

    Now I want to know what Dad’s favourite food actually is! LOL at blaming farts on you! I gather there’s a lot of footy interest at your house!

    1. Martine

      Obviously his favorite food is nothing overly healthy and wholesome! And yes both footy and farts feature heavily in my house of boys!

  3. Laney @ Crash Test Mummy

    I really like your idea of interviewing them each year. Perhaps we can convince Naomi to run this project again one year from now! That’s a great photo of Dad and his boys.

    1. Martine

      Thanks Laney, yes it would be good to have constant reminders to do these things!

  4. nellbe

    I was thinking the same thing, interviewing them every year, it would be very interesting. Love the photo of the gifts from the Fathers Day stall, my little one picked some cute gifts himself and was so proud about it.

    1. Martine

      Yes they are so proud when they choose the gifts..and the explanations they give for choosing them are very cute!

  5. Jayne

    Videoing for Father’s Day – such a good idea. So were any of them correct on the food question?

    1. Martine

      I think they were all correct with the food!

  6. Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots

    A very nice idea interviewing them for Father’s Day. I too want to know if anyone of them was right about their Dad’s favourite food.

  7. Bree @ The Blog Stylist

    These answers are making me giggle! Nothing like a dad who buys you slurpees from Seven-Eleven!

  8. Tahlia @ the parenting files

    what could dad improve on… i love it! and different ideas of whats dads favourite tv show is 🙂 just goes to show the individual relationships kids have with their dads 🙂 x

  9. Posie Patchwork

    So cool, i love it!! My husband is the hero in my children’s eyes too, he’s strict but that’s about it for the room for improvement department. Happy father’s day to your wonderful family, love Posie

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