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Today I’m bringing over a free printable from my other blog, Why Amy Smiles, to share with you. I’ve updated it from last year and think you’ll enjoy using this fun interview with your kiddo(s)! Below is the original post, with updates for 2014:

Kids grow and change so fast, and those of us who are parents or grandparents often wish we could somehow capture a slice of life from each stage to hold onto forever. So today I am offering you an opportunity to do just that!

The changing of the calendar year is a great time to reflect on the rapid changes in our kids’ likes, dislikes, and personalities. I created this interview sheet to use with my own kids, and decided to share it with you here. There’s a download link below, but first, here’s how the interview looks:

2014 New Year Interview

2014 New Year Interview

It’s two pages long, so you’ll want to print on front and back. Keep in mind that in our family, we have four kiddos ranging in age from newly five to eighteen, so I included questions to fit preschoolers through teenagers. I purposely started out with the easy questions like favorite colors and foods, then progressed to the more thought-provoking ones.

If you are using this with toddlers, you have several options for adjusting it to their level:

1. Print the first page only, and use the empty space on the back to stamp a handprint or let the child “draw” pictures. (Read: scribble)

2. Selectively answer whatever questions from both pages you feel apply to your child.

3. Make changes to the questions that don’t fit your child’s age. For example, with my youngest I’ll cross out “youth group activity” and replace it with “things to do with my friends.”

Even if your child or grandchild isn’t talking yet, you will want to fill in favorite songs, toys, foods, etc. to have a record of this stage in your baby’s life.  While your older kids are filling out their own, you can let your little ones dictate their answers to you. You might even want to fill one in for yourself while you’re at it!

Of course, you also have the option to use my idea as a starting point and create your own interview to fit your family’s needs. But for those of you who want to skip the hassle and use what I’m sharing (Did I mention it’s FREE?), here’s the link:

2014 New Year’s Interview

Won’t it be fun to look back in a few years to see how the answers have changed?

Enjoy learning together!

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