Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

An Interview With Jackson, Age 3-1/2

A Facebook friend of mine linked to this interview she conducted on her almost-three-year-old son, and I liked it so well that I immediately turned reporter on Jackson and asked him the same questions. This is a fun exercise for any mom of a young kid (I think it would work best on kids age 2-4) and a good way to document and record your child’s emotional/verbal/cognitive development and especially his or her perception of and relationship to you. Here are Jackson’s answers (#12 is my favorite):

1. What is something I always say to you?
“I love you”

2. What makes me happy?

3. What makes me sad?
When I cry.

4. How do I make you laugh?
Be happy.

5. What do you think I was like as a child?
Happy birthday.

6. How old am I?
15 years old. (This, after reminding me the day before that I’m 38 1/2 years old).

7. How tall am I?
34 tall man. (?)

8. What is my favorite thing to do?
Going to the park.

9. What do I do when you’re not around?
You work.

10. If I ever become famous, what will it be for?

11. What am I really good at?
(long, long pause) (Like, really long). Let’s do this on Sunday.

No, let’s just finish now. What am I really good at?

(Long pause again). Playing. (He says, not very convincingly…)

12. What am I not very good at?
Having a baby in your tummy two times.

13. What do I do for a job?
Do your computer.

14. What is my favorite food?
Chinese food.

15. What makes me proud?

16. If I were a character, who would I be?
Shell. Your name would be Shell.

17. What do you and I do together?
Tomorrow I am going to have soccer class.

18. How are you and I the same?

19. How are you and I different?

20. How do you know I love you?
I love you!

21. What do I like most about your dad?
Playing with him. I love Daddy!

22. Where is my favorite place to go?
To the park.

23. How old was I when you were born?
I do not know. Just zero?

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    FireStar June 16, 2015, 1:43 pm


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    Lianne June 16, 2015, 1:50 pm

    So cute! He’s going to be a great big brother. And those answers are too funny. I especially like #12 too 🙂

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    something random June 16, 2015, 2:53 pm

    Stinkin’ cute

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    mrmidtwenties June 16, 2015, 3:16 pm

    That was awesome. You’ve raised an amazing son, Wendy.

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      Dear Wendy June 16, 2015, 4:26 pm

      Thank you! We’re pretty fond of him.

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  • jam June 16, 2015, 4:40 pm

    This is so cute! Were you relieved that the answer to #1 wasn’t “no”, “stop that”, or “don’t touch that”? Some days I feel like that’s all I say!

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      Dear Wendy June 16, 2015, 4:49 pm

      Haha, luckily, in the past six months or so, I haven’t had to say those things to often.

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  • McLovin June 16, 2015, 4:51 pm

    They’re all great answers.

    #21 FTW!

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  • Wanderlike June 16, 2015, 5:11 pm

    I love that he thinks your life started with his birth 🙂

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      Dear Wendy June 17, 2015, 4:14 am

      Ha ha, so true.

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    Red_Lady June 16, 2015, 5:25 pm

    Love it!!! I’ve been seeing this going around facebook lately, and this is definitely my favorite one so far. 34 tall man, LOL!

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  • Jane63 June 16, 2015, 6:38 pm

    I’m going to try this with my adult children! May be eye opening. Thanks for sharing.

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    Portia June 16, 2015, 7:23 pm

    This is great! That kid is quite a cutie pie. And now you know your undercover name is Shell?

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    Classic June 16, 2015, 7:49 pm

    Oh, this interview got me all teary-eyes, so sweet

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  • d2 June 17, 2015, 6:15 am

    This is such a cool thing to do – and Jackson’s responses were adorable!

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    Addie Pray June 17, 2015, 9:31 am

    Very cute. I think his answer to #11 is my favorite.

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