20 Questions to Ask Your Kids Each Year

You know you’re getting old when you find yourself telling kids, “I can’t believe how big you are! I remember when you were [insert distant memory here].” The kids roll their their eyes just like we did, confirming our official acceptance in the Weird Things Adults Say Club, and we walk away wondering how we allowed ourselves to become just like the distant relatives and family friends that we swore we’d never be.

Unfortunately, that same light-speed pace at which other kids grow also applies to our own kids. To be honest, I don’t mind watching Harrison get older. I love seeing him dive head-first into new stages of life and watching him grow into the man he is going to be. But I have a deep suspicion that I will one day look back and wish he was little again (probably by about the time he’s 13 years old).

In this age of digital technology, we are fortunate to have access to photos, videos, and even blogs like this one to help keep cherished memories alive. Well, I recently came across something that we can add to that list: yearly surveys of our kids. The questions appear below (with Harrison’s answers included). Thanks to my ridiculously creative sister-in-law, Michelle for letting me steal this:

*Updated for 2013*

1. What is your favorite color?
2012 – Blue
2013 – Green and Blue
2. What is your favorite toy?
2012 – Lightning McQueen
2013 – My bow and arrows
3. What is your favorite fruit?
2012 – Grapes
2013 – Cantaloupe
4. What is your favorite TV show?
2012 – Qubo
2013 – Garfield
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
2012 – Apples and Granola Bars
2013 – Lunchables
6. What is your favorite outfit?
2012 – Tony Hawk shirt
2013 – PJs
7. What is your favorite game?
2012 – Monster Match
2013 – Mario Party and Super Mario
8. What is your favorite snack?
2012 – Apples
2013 – Fruit Snacks
9. What is your favorite animal?
2012 – Puppy
2013 – Lion-and-a-tiger-and-a-elephant
10. What is your favorite song?
2012 – “Jurassic Park” and “Hakuna Matata”
2013 – “My Cheeseburger”
11. What is your favorite book?
2012 – Disney Bedtime Stories
2013 – “Bad Marley”
12. Who is your best friend?
2012 – Bella
2013 – Hannah and Nathaniel
13. What is your favorite sport?
2012 – the Cardinals (aka: football)
2013 – Soccer
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
2012 – Swing
2013 – Jump on the trampoline with friends
15. What is your favorite drink?
2012 – Smoothies
2013 – ICEE
16. What is your favorite holiday?
2012 – Christmas
2013 – St. Patrick’s Day
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?
2012 – Blee and Doggy
2013 – Blee, Doggy, and Ibex
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
2012 – Grapes and Cinnamon Toast
2013 – Pancakes
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?
2012 – Pancakes
2013 – Pancakes (again?)
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?
2012 – Space Mountain (huh?)
2013 – A Dentist and a Drummer

There are just too many future memories that I wish I could capture. While I’m not the sort of parent that wishes you would always stay a kid, I do want to savor and preserve specific memories of your childhood, unobstructed by the passing of time. I hope to look back on these posts many years from now and have them form a crystal-clear picture in my mind of what you were like at each stage of your life.