Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How to stop time: a birthday tradition

Do you ever want time to stop when your kids are at a particular age or stage?  Like when he thinks you are part superhero but before he is taller than you? Or like when she plays with your hair before her nap, but before the tantrum in the grocery store over wearing the wrong shoes?

For the last three years, I've been trying to do the next best thing: get a snapshot of who the girls are on one particular point in time. I've been asking the girls the same set of questions each year on their birthday. I saw the idea on Pinterest some time ago and adapted it. I include 8 pictures taken of the girls from throughout the year, including the first day of school and an obligatory Halloween costume pic. During the girls' birthday week and at the girls' birthday parties, I display both the current and former year's questions. They are always a point of interest for party guests (adults and kids alike!). 

Kids grow up fast, and it's so interesting to see how the girls' answers change from year to year.  Here are Ava's birthday questions from last year and this year:




Want to try your own? Here are the questions I use:
What is your favorite color? 
What is your favorite toy? 
What is your favorite fruit? 
What is your favorite tv show?
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
What is your favorite outfit? 
What is your favorite game?
What is your favorite snack? 
What is your favorite animal? 
What is your favorite song? 
What is your favorite book? 
Who is your best friend? 
What is your favorite cereal?  
What is your favorite thing to do outside?
What is your favorite drink?   
What is your favorite holiday? 
What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  
What do you want for dinner on your birthday? 
What do you want to be when you grow up? 


What questions would you add?  Do you have any special birthday traditions for your kids?

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