I often wish I could somehow keep track of every adorable thing my children say, all of their likes and dislikes, their funny stories, hilarious expressions, and mispronunciations. It’s one of the things I miss the most as they grow older and make less of them. They are little treasures of joy and laughter for me.
I do try to keep track of a few of my favorites. I write them down in a journal or on my shopping list notepad hanging on the fridge, but I recently decided to add something a little more structured to that. I’m going to have my kids fill out an Annual Birthday Questionnaire as part of their birthday celebration. I want to know about their favorite things, and what they are into that year. Then I will take those precious childhood memories and tuck them safely into a photo book, scrapbook for memory book.
As they grow older, they will be able to look back at the pages of Annual Birthday Questionnaire’s and see how they’ve grown and changed over the years. They will be able to remember fads of their youth, and laugh at the funny things they said and did when they were younger.
This year I started simple. I created a Birthday Questionnaire all about favorites, favorite books, favorite foods, favorite movies, favorite toys, and other fun things. My 3-year-old can’t write, so we snuggled in the rocking chair while I asked him the list of questions. My favorite was his answer to, “Who is your favorite Super Hero?” His immediate, excited response was, “Me!!”
The questions we ask probably don’t matter all that much, just that we ask them. Sit down with your birthday kid this year, and ask them some questions. Fill out a questionnaire or just write it down on a scrap of paper. Keep it so you can treasure it when they are all grown up.