Its New Years Interview time! (I can hardly believe it!)
This year, we made some minor adjustments to our traditional New Years Family Interview because as the kids get older, Im more interested in their thoughts and reflections than on their favorite color or best friend.
So after our late-afternoon fondue dinner, we busted out with the biggie ice-cream sundae fixings.
We made monster sundaes, got all crazy on sugar, and then got to work on our interviewsa fun and easy family tradition that weve all come to appreciate and cherish.
Heres the skinny. . .
New Years InterviewFun Family Tradition:
Its really just thata fun family tradition and nothing more.
No pressure, no stress, just a few questions to kick off the year and to summarize where we all are as far as favorites, dreams, ideas, and activities are concerned.
Before New Years Interviews? Ice-cream!!
We make sure all (or most!) of our ice-cream dishes are away, and then we get rockin and rollin on our interviews.
Each page of the interview is only a half-sheet, which I think is perfect; its not intimidating, and it means that answers can be short and sweet.
I did make some changes this year.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite food?
Who is your best friend?
Have changed to:
What is your favorite thing to wear?
What is one cool thing you learned last year?
Who do you like to hang out with the most?
I just thought the new questions lent themselves to more thought than the older ones.
But if you want the older ones, download last years New Years Interview version. No biggie!
Owen zips through his. . .
. . . and Maddy takes her time on hers.
But it also means that because two peoples answers can fit on a sheet, that the kids should complete theirs firstthat way, theres no influencing of answers or ideas from another persons responses. So the kids grab a pen and find a quiet spot, and they complete their interview.
When they needed support with reading or writing, my husband and I took turns helping them. Now, I just sat across the table from Cora because she wanted to do it all on her own since this year, the coolest thing she learned was how to read. (Yay!!!)
Cora works on her interviewall by herself.
When everyone has completed his or her interview, we take turns reading answers and sharing.
Sometimes, we video everyone reading, and other timesits cool just reading them.
And then we share our answers!
And then we clip them all into our rockstar New Years Interview binder and read answers from past years.
Sometimes, the kids get a real kick out of seeing up-close how much their handwriting (or spelling) has improved, and we always have a giggle when we see the first yearsCoras scribble across the page and Owens teeny name, Maddys attempts at writing on her own.
new years family interview 2013
Its a greateasy!tradition that can be started any time. Missed New Years? Do your family interviews every Presidents Day or Mothers Day and start your New Years then.
It doesnt matter.
What matters is that the kids are thinking, the kids are writing, the kids are reflecting, and the familys doing something fun together.
Heres to a happy, healthy, peaceful 2013 filled with love, laughter, and time together!
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