On social media I’ve seen so many people sharing interview style posts where they ask twenty questions of their child and I’ve been wondering what H would say in answer to some of the questions. I’ve never really interviewed H before, but I printed off this handy 20 questions to ask your children worksheet from Shepherds Friendly. There’s a space for the child’s name and age, so it’s easily something you could do over the years as a way of recording their childhood.
Q1. What is your favourite colour?
The answer was red and it was no surprise to me. It’s been his favourite colour for some years now.
Q2. Who is your best friend?
I loved H’s answer to this one. He said, ‘ I have a bunch. I don’t know who is my best friend.’ I think this is a very healthy way to be and it’s great that he has lots of friends.
Q3. What is your favourite TV programme?
The Deep. This CBBC show is his current favourite. I think it’s sort of like Octonauts for older children and H has always been interested in the sea and its creatures.
Q4. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A Lego designer. Again no surprise there – the boy is obsessed with the stuff.
Q5. What car do you want to have when you grow up?
I don’t know any cars (this is pretty much true, but apparently the class’s car expert has told him we have an old car! – it’s true to be fair). A bit of thought later and he came up with ‘A Jaguar?’.
Q7. Do you want to get married one day?
A laid back ‘ Yeh probably‘ in response to this one.
Q8. How many children would you like?
I was wondering if he would want to compensate for being an only child. His grandfathers were both only children and went on to have 4 and 5 children each. He went for a restrained two though.
Q9. What age are you when you become an adult?
18. H is very clued up on what you can do at what age, so no surprise he got this right.
Q10. What are you good at?
Being me. I love this answer – I am hoping it means he is comfortable in his own skin.
Q12. If you had one wish, what would it be?
To be able to control matter. I guess if you can do that, you can do pretty much anything.
Q13. What do I do as a job?
He’s very aware of what I do as he helps me with it so much. He said Blogger and Carer. The blogger bit I expected, the carer bit I didn’t and I must admit I did well up a bit.
Q14. What are you scared of?
Spiders and heights. One of these he has inherited mostly from me I think and the other very definitely from his father. I tried so hard to hide my fear of spiders to try to avoid this, but I’ve clearly failed.
Q15. What is your favourite song?
Uptown Funk. I would have been surprised if it had been anything else.
Q17. What is something I always say to you?
I loved this answer – I was expecting it would something a bit naggy about getting ready for school in the morning or similar, but it was I love you.
Q18. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
He really, really struggled with this one and wasn’t able to think of anything. It’s not that he finds everything easy because he doesn’t, but nothing stood out. If I was to answer I think it would be something around his handwriting or maybe riding a bike as both have been tough.
Q19. What makes you happy?
Q20. What makes you sad?
H didn’t want me to publish his first answer, as I think it is still very raw. He went instead for saying goodbye to friends and cousins – I think as an only child he really values his friendships and he’s had been separated from both friends and cousins (a move to Australia for 5 years by a section of the family will do that) at various times and has found it very tough.
This post is in collaboration with Shepherds Friendly Society.