One 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.
I have chosen to record my children with a camera. It is not a special or high tech camera. My phone would have worked equally well.
The benefits of recording the interview:
- Elaborate on responses real-time, easy to document
- Captures mannerisms and speech patterns
- Cutting clips together for comparison in the future
- Your voice participation. Never underestimate how much your children also want to hear and see you in pictures and videos.
The written response sheet does have benefits as well:
- Build a file as a “Time Capsule.”
- As your child grows up, they can fill it out themselves (spelling mistakes and all)
- Easy file to store
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If you do decide to go with the video interview, I strongly suggest having a dedicated SD card or thumb drive as a back-up to storing just on a computer. I keep mine in a fire resistant safe with some of my most precious keepsakes and documents.
Alternatively, use these same questions to commemorate birthdays as well.
Looking for more activities to entertain the children on New Year’s Eve check out “Kid Friendly Easy Minute To Win It Games for Your Party” from Melissa at Kid Friendly Things to Do.