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FREE PRINTABLE: Capture your child’s life now with this New Year’s interview

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:

Interview p1Interview p. 2

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 four to seventeen, 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. 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, here’s the link:

New Year’s Day Interview Sheet 2013

Our family always has a special dinner on New Year’s Day and that’s when I plan to go over these sheets. Our older kids will fill them out on their own, and I’ll let our youngest dictate her answers to me.

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

By the way, this is my very first FREE PRINTABLE offer, so please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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I resolve

Happy New Year!

I love new beginnings. Although I often feel I’m failing in a variety of areas, the coming of each new year brings a certain optimism that goes along with starting over. For me, a fresh start means new energy, new hope, and renewed zeal.

And while I realize that I, like most people, might be breaking my resolutions by February, I do think the start of a new calendar year is a great time to sit down and evaluate where we are, set goals for where we want to be, and make a plan for how to achieve those goals.

We usually spend time as a family on New Year’s Day, talking about our goals for the coming year. Each of us sets a personal goal in each of several categories: spiritual life, family relationships, and time management (all); school (kids and me); finances (parents); rooms (kids); and any other areas we come up with that we want to work on. We talk about them together. We write them down. We pray about them.

I love Philippians 3:13-14. “…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Are you excited about a new year and the changes it could bring? Do you make New Year’s resolutions for yourself?  I would be so happy if you’d share one or more of them here. I’ll reveal one of mine to get things started:

Every week, I want to sit down with the kids and write thank you notes. Even if we just write one each, I think it will make us more aware of our blessings and help us show our gratitude to those who have made our lives richer in some way.

Our first note will be to the friends who hosted us on New Year's Eve.

Please chime in with your thoughts in the comments below. I wish each of you a year in which you are able to recognize God’s blessings in your life, and smile about them.

Thanks for stopping by!

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