Kids’ Birthday Interviews

Birthday photos 055Birthday InterviewOn your kid’s birthday, ask him twenty questions and write down the answers.  Make one page opposite the birthday interview page that includes a picture of him that year.  Each year, ask the same questions and make the picture page to go along.  Keep them over the years to see how they change over time.  Eventually, you’ll have one scrapbook that covers all that luscious growing up!  I’ve made a birthday interview printable in case you want to use the questions I use with your own kids.

Okay, now get ready, because I’m going to TESTIFY!  {Entering soapbox now}  When I was 13 I went to a bride’s night for our church youth group.  We were teenage girls with a mission: plan our dream weddings in under an hour (and we didn’t have Pinterest!).  We all had little forms we filled out about our dream future wedding.  We clipped pictures from bridal magazines.  We gushed over beautiful dresses and jewelry.  We giggled over the qualities our future men would have.  And we wrote it all down!  I still have mine.

Here are just a few of my 13 year-old answers:

What will your colors be?  Pink and white, but mostly pink

What style of ring do you want?  A big, fancy rock

Who will perform the ceremony?  My dad

Where will your honeymoon be?  A world tour where we visit every country

What food will you serve?  Everything.  Pizza, pop, cake, pig in a blankets.  Everything.

Have I convinced you?   You have to write this stuff down people!  This little piece of paper is priceless to me!  I love hearing my 13 year-old voice!  I love that pizza and pig-in-a-blankets pretty much qualified as “everything” to me!  I love that I didn’t even know the names of the cuts of diamonds, or have any clue about who officiated at weddings, but I was certain that my Dad was at the birthday interviews - wedding daycenter of my world.  I love that in my 13 year old dreams I’d have deep enough pockets to travel to every country.  Almost none of my answers came true at my real wedding, but by then I had changed.  I grew beyond needing a fancy rock and a world tour, and having it written down not only helped me see my growth, but also gave me more than a few grins and chuckles.  I have stories to tell my daughters as they dream about their weddings.  By the way, I did get married in the exact place I had dreamed of, my dress was very similar to the one I cut out, and my husband has all the qualities I was looking for in a man and more.

Moms out there, write this stuff down!  They’re only little a little while.  {Exit soapbox.}

Hope you enjoy the birthday interview printable, and have lots of fun making and preserving awesome memories with your kids!

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11 Responses to Kids’ Birthday Interviews

  1. I love this idea and I wish I would have started it a few years ago. We will definitely begin on their birthdays this year!

    Thanks for linking up to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! Blessings.

    • Layers of Learning says:

      Even if you’re getting a late start, it’ll still be fun for them to see their answers later. I only had the one wedding interview sheet, but I cherish it. Thanks for stopping by. (:
      Warmly,
      Karen

  2. wendy says:

    I wish I had started sooner, but my girls will be 5 this year and think its a great way to make 5 a special year!

  3. Lauren says:

    this is such a good idea for your kids to look back on their childhood. LOVE!♥♥

  4. Witney says:

    Cute idea! When I clicked on the link it said the pdf was damaged and could not open. Is there another link to it? Thanks!

    • Layers of Learning says:

      Hi Witney,
      I’m so sorry you had trouble getting the pdf. People download it daily without trouble, and I just double checked the link and it opened and saved without any problems. Could you perhaps try it in another browser? Our site is most compatible with Firefox and Chrome. If you still have trouble I’d be happy to e-mail the pdf to you.
      Thanks,
      Karen from Layers of Learning

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  6. Ann says:

    I started this with my son last year when he turned 3. At one point I found this same interview but with a pink cupcake on top. Do you have a link to a pink one?

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