One of the greatest joys of being a parent is being able to witness the personality development of your child. Their likes, dislikes, dreams, fears, favorites, etc. Sometimes when I look at my daughter, it's hard to believe that my husband and I created her from thin air, and that now she is this beautifully stubborn toddler. It's a miracle to have her here with me every day, and I thank God for letting me be a part of her life.
The fact is that children change so quickly. Here's a fun way to help them discover their own personality development. :)
Q is for Quizzing your Kiddos
If you're like most parents, you can hardly keep up with your child's preferences. One day they are in love with Curious George. So while they are at school you visit the local library and check out a dozen Curious George books, and take the time to DVR every episode of the furry little critter that comes on at 3am when your little one is sound asleep. But by the time you deliver the goods, your child is so over Curious George that they don't even appreciate your effort. Today it's all about Elmo.
This is completely normal, and all a part of their developing minds. This can also be a fun memory making game for the family!
Develop a questionaire for your child with some simple questions, and take note of their answers. Then, give them the same questionaire 2-3 months later. Have their answers changed? Compare the two questionaires to each other! Your child will have a hard time believing they ever like the color brown or a time when they didn't like spaghetti!
This is a fun activity to do every so often. For school aged kids, try doing this questionaire every 6-12 months. Over the years it will be amazing to see how your child's answers change in complexity and thought.
I can't wait to start these exercises with my own daughter! Here are some sample questions to get your started:
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite animal?
What do you think Santa Claus likes to have for dinner?
Who is your best friend?
What makes you special?
What food is the yuckiest?
Would you rather be a tiger, a giraffe or a monkey? Why?
What are you going to be when you grow up?
What is your favorite television show?
Have fun with this one!! I'd love to hear some of your questions and responses!
The Fall Family Challenge by Holly at Nap Time is designed to encourage families to do activities together and learn at the same time. There are no rules, no wrongs, no rights - just family fun!
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