yOne of the joys of parenting is passing down traditions. However, along with inheriting our customs comes the opportunity to create new ways of commemorating events or reshape an existing tradition with our children. A few years ago we introduced a “New Year’s Eve Interview” to our family’s NYE tradition.
Pre-children my New Year’s Eve usually consisted of; an agreement that we may or may not make it to midnight, Chinese food, and a movie. Rarely a resolution made and if there was it was only halfheartedly done. Not much has changed except an earlier countdown for the children and a series of interviews taped in front of the Christmas tree. Document the year in a fun celebratory way with an interview that captures development and personality changes over the years.
The New Year’s Eve Interview
When to Start the New Year’s Eve Interview:
My children were four when we started. My niece was only three but understood the questions and provided interesting answers. While I am happy we started young there is no reason someone could not begin at an older age. There is just as much excitement in documenting your children’s answers from 13-19 as there would be from 3-9 years of age.
Questions for a New Year’s Eve Interview:
For your convenience download the questions I use with my children. The key is ensuring you are consistent in asking some of the same questions every year.
A lot of the questions are about your kid’s favourite things. These may change with their maturity but also with the evolution of pop culture. Even if you get a silly or nonsense answer it still reflects who your child was and their sense of humour at the time. Check out the video of Lucian and his favourite food – no idea where that response originated. [Read more…]