I love taking quizzes – not necessarily the general knowledge kind, but the ones that dissect your personality and tell you things like what type of animal you are most like or what/who you were in a previous life.
I came across the Great Questions To Ask Your Kids quiz on Facebook – it's a great activity for when you're stuck inside on a rainy day or when you're on a long car journey together.
The rules: WITHOUT any prompting, ask your child these questions & write down EXACTLY what they say. It's a great & funny way to find out exactly what they think. If you have more than one child, ask your children separately so they are not influenced by each other’s answers. Write down the first answer that they give.
Below each question are my kids' answers and what I thought of them. Nadja is 8 years old and Luis is 10.
Great Questions To Ask Your Kids…
What does mummy always say to you?
N: ‘What would you like for breakfast?’ and ‘Go and brush your teeth’.
L: Never give up.
What makes mummy happy?
N: Eating pic n’ mix sweets, sitting down and watching TV and spending time with me and Luis.
L: Me and Nadja not arguing.
Yes – these are about right.
What makes mummy sad?
N: When me and Luis hurt each other.
L: Me and Nadja arguing.
How does mummy make you laugh?
N: Tickling me and playing the ‘It’ game.
L: By playing ‘It’.
Yeah, I think mummy wants to give the ‘IT’ game a rest for a while…
What was mummy like as a child?
N: Very active and liked going out.
L: Happy, go lucky.
I was shy, not very academic and hated PE.
How old is mummy?
N: Are you 40?
How tall is mummy?
N: Jeez…A little bit taller than me er….about 90 inches
L: 3 ft, I mean 5ft 1 something.
I'm 5'1 – and the 1 inch is very important!
What is mummy's favourite thing to do?
N: Watch TV because you never get a chance to watch it, only at night.
L: Looking at your phone.
Probably Saturday night enjoying ‘family night'!
What does mummy do when you're not here?
N: Try and get some work done.
L: You work.
I work, work, work!
If mummy becomes famous what will it be for?
N: Writing interesting things
L: For writing.
What is mummy really good at?
N: Making me happy.
L: Writing and your blog.
What is mummy not very good at?
N: Nothing. You’re good at everything.
L: Understanding the fact that we’re children.
What is mummy's job?
N: To write stories to convince people to go on holidays.
L: You’re the editor for a travel magazine.
They both got this one right.
What makes you proud of mummy?
N: You’ve got loads of friends and that your boss likes you and doesn’t want to fire you.
L: You’re very good at writing.
What is mummy's favourite food?
L: Spaghetti Carbonara.
I have no idea where this came from; they must have heard me say I like pasta, but it's actually Chinese
What do you & mummy do together?
N: Sometimes we play games.
L: We have little adventures and go out to places.
How are you & mummy the same?
N: When I’m older I think I’ll have black hair like you. Everything is the same except for my elf ears.
L: We’re both sarcastic.
If your mummy was a cartoon character what would she be?
L: Wonder Woman
How are you & mummy different?
N: My voice is different.
L: You’re more mature.
How do you know mummy loves you?
N: She tells me it all the time and looks after me.
L: You say it pretty much five times a day.
I do make a point of telling them every day.
Where is mummy's favourite place to go?
N: I don’t know.
L: I have no clue.
Neither do I actually!
How old was Mummy when she had you?
N: 32 or 31.
I was 29 for Luis and 32 for Nadja.
If you decide to try this on your kids, I’d be interested to hear your feedback or funny responses you receive. If you do decide to play along, there are just two rules:
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