“Mom, you is SO crazy!” exclaimed my oldest daughter (age 5 1/2) as she came to the table for supper one night recently.
Slightly bemused and a little perplexed, my husband asked, “Why do you say that?”
“Because this food looks really yummy!” she stated, as though he was crazy for not having noticed himself.
Sometimes we know exactly what our kids think of us.
Some days I’m a “jerk” and “the worst parent ever.” Of course I don’t like hearing that. (Neither do they get away with voicing their opinions with such disrespect.) I do try to remember that these outbursts usually mean I’m sticking to my guns and someone’s frustrated that they can’t knock ’em out of my hand!
Other days I’m “the best mom in the world.” I probably just said, “yes,” to a request they thought I’d deny!
Some days I’m all of those things before lunch! This mom job is not for the faint-hearted. It can be discouraging. I don’t always remember the cute things or look for the humor in it. Sometimes I need a fresh look at who I am.
Do you need a fresh perspective on what your kids think about you?
These mom questions will give you that. The answers will encourage you, make you laugh and cry, and remind you that they do see what often seems unnoticed. Some will probably reveal areas you can improve to better love and serve your kids.
Mom Interview: Questions for A Fresh Perspective
I do not take credit for coming up with this idea. Apparently the questions have been making rounds within the web, though I only became aware of them recently. Enjoy! A printable copy is included at the end.
1. What is something I always say to you?
2. What makes me happy?
3. What makes me sad?
4. How do I make you laugh?
5. What was I like as a child?
6. How old am I?
7. How tall am I?
8. What is my favorite thing to do?
9. What do I do when you’re not around?
10. If I become famous, what will it be for?
11. What am I really good at?
12. What am I not very good at?
13. What do I do for a job?
14. What is my favorite food?
15. What makes you proud of me?
16. If I were a character, who would I be?
17. What do we enjoy doing together?
18. How are we the same?
19. How are we different?
20. How do you know I love you?
21. What do I like most about dad?
22. Where is my favorite place to go?
23. How old was I when you were born?
Here’s a printable copy:
Make a date with your child (I’m going to have to make 5!) and find out what they really think of you. Go out for lunch together or just let them stay up a little later than usual and share a treat together. Relax and have fun. You’ll be glad you did.
For more insight into your child’s heart, consider 31 Heart-Revealing Questions to Ask Your Kids.
Have you ever asked your kids these questions before? Will you?
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