Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kid Interviews (The Pinterest Poser Challenge)

It's time again for the Pinterest Poser Challenge In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,* every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.**

This week's project is inspired by a pin I saw several months ago about interviewing your child.  Well, really it was inspired years before that.  When I was little I used to love to listen to my grandmother tell me stories.  Stories about her life before she married my grandfather and after.  Stories in her words, with her sweet voice.  I always wanted to tape record her (yeah, because I'm that old that we recorded people on clunky tape recorders and kept the cassettes forever).  I never did.  I always regretted it.

I vowed never to make the same mistake with my children.  I vowed to take video of their lives, document the big moments and remember them forever.  And honestly, I've done a pretty good job with the big moments---we have video of the recitals, home runs, first time with no training wheels and more. But I don't have many simple moments or conversations.  

That's where this week's challenge comes into play, I love the idea of doing Kid Interviews. Here's how it went:

Tips for a good interview:
1. Go with the flow.
2. Let your kid talk about what they want to talk about.
3. Don't force it, if they aren't feeling it do the interview at another time.
4. Ask them to describe a specific event, TV show, memory.  Encourage lots of description.  I love the way my kids re-tell a movie and how they interpret the meanings.
5. Do the interview around a birthday or holiday.  The kids can reflect on their favorite moments or what they are looking forward to in the future.  
6. Enjoy it!  You might learn something about how your child is feeling or how they see the world.  And it's great one-on-one time together.
7. Keep it simple. You don't have to edit it with graphics and music.  All you need is a camera (even the one in your phone) and five minutes---boom, you're done. 
8. Remember your audience...Your Family.  This isn't going to be voted on by the Academy, it doesn't have to be posted on Facebook (unless you want to because that's totally okay too, no judgement here dude), this is for you and your family.  

The Kid Interview is definitely something my family will continue.  It is a way to document their thoughts and feelings.  It's a way to capture their sweet mannerisms and voices.  

I don't want to forget hearing my toddler Wade call his siblings "the kids."   I want Lucy to be able to see the confident, hopeful, sweet almost 9-year-old on the verge of "double digits" and getting her ears pierced little girl she is/was.  I want these memories captured forever for me and my kids, and ahem, their kids.  It's part of our/their story. 

Do it, go interview your kid.  It's good stuff, I promise.

Have you made something from Pinterest lately?  

Do tell.

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Here are some of the projects I've already attempted, the good and the bad:

Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here

Fake Bangs- click here

DIY Subway Art- click here

Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here

The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

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