Do you ever wonder what your child really thinks about you? In graduate school, I had a class with a woman who had done a survey like this with her kids. In response to the question, “What does Mommy like to do best?” her son drew a picture of her washing the dishes. It ended up being the inspiration for her to go back to school and get her teaching certification!
Simple right? Now it’s your turn. Without any prompting, ask your child these 20 questions. Write down exactly what they say. If you feel like it, post your answers in the comments.
I asked my son Wolfy, age 3. The words in quotation marks are his response. My reactions are in parentheses…
1. What is something Mom always says to you? “I love you.” (It was either gonna be that or, “3… 2… 1…” Well played little man, well played.)
2. What makes Mom happy? “When I don’t be naughty.” (This kid is on fire!)
3. What makes Mom sad? “When you get hurt.” (Yes, and it really hurts when you headbutt my nose, even when you’re just “joking around”.)
4. How does Mom make you happy? “Hug me and kiss me.” (Yay! I will never stop hugging and kissing you, until you get totally embarrassed by my overzealous affection. Then I will still try to hug and kiss you all the time. But maybe I’ll take a pass when you have that booger/ketchup mask thing going on…)
5. Where is Mom’s favorite place to go? “To play group.” (Nope. Not even close. Ouch.)
6. How old is Mom? “I don’t know how old you are.” (Good answer.)
7. How tall is Mom? “Really tall!” (I’m gonna relish this one for a little bit – I’m 5’2″ so I don’t get this too often.)
8. What is Mom’s favorite thing to do? “Play trucks.” (Refer to 5.)
9. What does Mom do when you’re not around? “Waits for me to come back.” (Not quite. It’s more likely I’m raiding the chocolate stash and listening for the sound of your footsteps.)
10. If Mom became famous, what would it be for? “Letters.” (I’m was an English major, so I’ll take it.)
11. What is Mom really good at doing? “Doing crafts.” (Yeah, but in a badass, feminist kind of way.)
12. What is Mom not good at doing? “Trucking.” (And I’m not sad, see 8.)
13. What does your mom do for a job? “Go to school and work there.” (Further proof, if anyone needed it, that kids are basically naturally high all the time. Since I left the classroom exactly one year ago, we literally spend all day every day together. I haven’t taken a crap without him knowing about it. When exactly am I going to this magic teaching job?)
14. What is Mom’s favorite food? “Alphabet soup.” (Nailed it. Not! Maybe we need to put Martha Speaks away for awhile.)
15. What do you like best about your mom? “I like to cuddle.” (Awww).
16. If Mom was a character, who would she be? “Buddy or Shiny in Dinosaur Train.” (This could have gone a lot worse than being compared to a tiny male T-Rex.)
17. How are you and Mom the same? “We both have ears.” (Three-year- olds are captains of stating the obvious.)
18. How are you and Mom different? “You’re so tall and I’m so short.” (At the end of the day, you pretty much got it right little buddy).
19. What do you and Mom do together? “Do activities or games that I like to play.” (Enjoy it while it lasts my little spoiled prince. Ducking it out with fifteen other kids trying to get your teacher’s attention in public school is going to come as a slap in the face for you.)
20. How do you know your mom loves you? “She just makes a heart.” (Adorbs!)