Sometimes you just have to stop and learn your child's mind, just for the fun of it. I had seen these questions (printable at the end of this post!) circulating on facebook so printed them out, grabbed a pencil and sat with Colton outside. I asked him if I could ask him some questions. His face was still rosy from the playground and he was just so delighted that I wanted to know what he thinks.
1. What is something I always say to you?
Hmmm. Pick. Up.
2. What makes me happy?
Hmmm. That we clean our room.
3. What makes me sad?
(Sadly) That I yell at you.
4. How do I make you laugh?
That you, (giggling) that you tickle me.
5. What was I like as a child?
Hm. Making a mess, and then I was mad.
6. How old am I?
7. How tall am I?
That tall. (Holds hand to head)
8. What is my favorite thing to do?
Pick up toys.
9. What do I do when you're not around?
10. If I become famous, what will it be for?
Hmm. I don't know.
11. What am I really good at?
12. What am I not very good at?
Hmmm... Probawy.... Hmmm... planting flowers.
13. What do I do for a job?
Pick up your room.
14. What is my favorite food?
15. What makes you proud of me?
Hmmm... Let me think about it. Giving me hugs and kisses.
16. If I were a character, who would I be?
17. What do we enjoy doing together?
18. How are we the same?
Giving kisses and hugs.
19. How are we different?
You have long hair, I don't.
Our shirts don't match together.
20. How do you know that I love you?
I don't know. Because I need it.
21. What do I like most about dad?
I don't know. He eats chicken.
22. Where is my favorite place to go?
To the park and then going to Menomonie to buy some food.
23. How old was I when you were born?
Hearing the mind of my three year-old was enlightening. This exercise made me realize that I might just be a little obsessed with the state of cleanliness around here, and that even a three year-old can tell that I am really, really bad at gardening. I discovered his love language is hugs and kisses, and that he considers tickling Dad is a fun thing to do together.
So, it's your turn. Sit down with your child or borrow the neighbor's kid if you don't have one, and prepare to be amused and enlightened all while delighting the little person who just loves having someone spend time with them. The pace of life is so fast it becomes habit to rush along and brush the delightful little minds aside. They're always asking us questions, it's time we ask the kids questions. I created a printable so that electronic devices won't be present and the child knows you are giving them your undivided attention. If you don't have a printer, I suggest jotting these questions down in a notebook the old fashioned way. And I would love to see what your child has to say, so tag me or message me or comment or snail mail or homing pigeon me your conversation!