Mother's Day is a great opportunity to reconnect with your child. As a mother, it's amazing to watch my children grow, learn, change and develop on a daily basis. Sometimes the magic appears before my eyes: When did my son get tall enough to turn off his bedroom light by himself?
Motherhood is certainly not easy! Sometimes we forget the special moments and let stress and frustration take over. We learn to appreciate our own mothers even more during these times. This Mother's Day, why not remember some of the special moments or crazy times or silly days? Here's how:
For children ages 3 and up
- Tape recorder (with microphone if needed)
- Blank cassette tape and cassette box
1. Take paper and pen and sit down with your child and brainstorm some interview type questions. First ask your child what questions he/she might have for you. Give younger children some ideas. For example:
- Mommy, what games did you like to play when you were my age?
- What was the name of your school? Favorite teacher?
- What's your favorite thing to do with me?
- Who am I named after?
- Tell me about the day I was born.
2. Next, turn on the tape recorder; load the tape and press "record." Allow your child to read or speak the questions. Answer the questions fully and honestly! Continue the "interview" until all the agreed upon questions have been asked. If any of the answers lead to new questions, welcome the dialogue! Stop the tape when you are through. 3. With paper and pen, again begin brainstorming questions you might have for your child. For example:
- What's your favorite thing about being a kid?
- Who's your best friend? Why?
- Is there a story you remember when you were little that you would like to tell?
- What did you do at your last birthday?
- How do you feel about ____________(name something they love like Pokemon, Disney, Barney, etc.)? What do you like/love about it?
4. Turn on the tape recorder again, press "record" and begin the interview, this time with you asking the questions. Allow your child to speak freely and add any new stories and dimensions that may arise.
5. Turn off the tape when the second interview is complete. Rewind the tape and play it back… listen to it over some cookies and milk!
6. LABEL THE TAPE!!! Your child can decorate the label. Put the tape with your child's baby book or in another place where you store keepsakes. Make a new tape each year!
NOTE: If reading the questions is difficult for your child, just turn on the tape recorder and begin a conversation. Take turns asking questions or telling stories.
Happy Mother's Day!