Q&A With a 6-Year-Old

Being a Mom 25

In May of 2009 I sat down with my older son, who was then about 3 1/2, and conducted a little interview. I'd seen the questions online somewhere and thought it seemed like a neat way to document what my kid thought of me at the time. The results were amusing, but although I had good intentions of doing these questions every year to see how the answers changed, I guess I got distracted by something shiny. Or perhaps my memory of how difficult it was to extract his answers was still too sharp.

I finally revisited our little quiz the other day, and I thought I'd share it with you in case you feel moved to give it a try in your own household. The boy is now 6 years old, and here's what he has to say today (along with his original responses):

What is something I always say to you?

3yo Riley: “Uhhhhh. Mommy.” “Yes?” “Mommy.” “Oh, you’re saying I say ‘Mommy’ to you all the time?” “Uhhhh. Can you turn Curious George back on?” “No, seriously, this will only take a couple minutes.” “Hmmph.”

6yo Riley: "You say ... I need to clean up my room and the carpet room."

What makes me happy?

3yo Riley: “Notes.” “Like notes you write to me?” “Yeah.”

6yo Riley: "When I hug you. And that makes me feel happy too. I like how soft you are." (pats my arm)

What makes me sad?

3yo Riley: “I don’t know.”

6yo Riley: "When I don't do what you say. Or when Dylan won't give you kisses and you pretend like you're crying. But you're just kidding."

How do I make you laugh?

3yo Riley: “Tickling me.”

6yo Riley: "When you make a joke at me. Like when you pretend to be a bear and you say RRRAAAWWRRR."

What do you think I was like as a child?

3yo Riley: “I don’t know.” “Well, happy, angry, funny, hungry—” “Yeah! Hungry.”

6yo Riley: "You had fun. You probably liked to play games with your mom and your dad."

How old am I?

3yo Riley: (holds up three fingers) “Three?” “Yeah, three. Mommy, how many pounds are you?” “Next question!”

6yo Riley: "Thirty-seven."

How tall am I?

3yo Riley: “This tall.” (raises arms above his head)

6yo Riley: "About this long." (holds arms far apart.) "I don't know. You're pretty tall."

What is my favorite thing to do?

3yo Riley: “Color.” 

6yo Riley: "Play games with me."

What do I do when you’re not around?

3yo Riley: “Um, I don’t know."

6yo Riley: "Read your book. Work on your computer. Uh. Yeah, that's about it."

If I become famous, what will it be for?

3yo Riley: “I don’t know.”

6yo Riley: "For writing. Because you're the best writer in the world, I think. No other writer is gooder than you, right?" (Wrong, but I like where you're going with this, kid.)

What am I really good at?

3yo Riley: “Chasing me.”

6yo Riley: "Doing your computer. Oh! And killing flies with one swap of the fly swapper."

What am I not really good at?

3yo Riley: “Uhhhhh.” My husband: “Taking out the trash!” Riley: “Yeah, taking out the trash.”

6yo Riley: "You're a little bit bad at not getting a ticket from a policeman." (Jesus, a person gets ONE speeding ticket in their children's presence ...)

What is my job?

3yo Riley: “You go in the excavator.” (?)

6yo Riley: "Your job is to write three articles a day and for doing that you get a check every month."

What is my favorite food?

3yo Riley: “Hmmm. Chicken?”

6yo Riley: "Daddy's steaks that he makes. You say oh, that's the BOMB. I heard you say that a couple times."

What makes you proud of me?

3yo Riley: “About watching me when I’m watching Curious George.” (Uhhh, okay.)

6yo Riley: "Because you're nice to me a lot. You only get mad at me once in a while."

What makes me proud of you?

3yo Riley: “When I clean the toys up.”

6yo Riley: "For cleaning up my room without making you say. When I'm a good big brother. Also when I pick flowers for you."

What do you and I do together?

3yo Riley: “Get marshmallows tomorrow. Hey! Can we do that?”

6yo Riley: "We read books about mouses. We do P.E. together, like jump jump jump." (jumps around for a while distractedly) "We shoot the BB gun target."

How are we the same?

3yo Riley: “You look like me, your eyes are the same as me.”

6yo Riley: "Well, you're a girl and I'm a boy. I have short hair and you have longer hair. But wait a minute, we both have shirts like this!" (points to my sleeveless shirt) "Maybe tomorrow you could wear one and I could wear one."

How are you and I different?

3yo Riley: “Your hair looks funny.”

6yo Riley: "Because you're big and I'm a little kid."

How do you know that I love you?

3yo Riley: “I don’t know.” “Maybe like at bedtime when I tell you I love you?” “Yeah! At night night time.”

6yo Riley: "Because you're a mom. Moms always love kids. Even if they're babies and they poop all over, they still love them!"

What is one thing you wish you could change about me?

3yo Riley: “I don’t know. CAN I WATCH CURIOUS GEORGE NOW.”

6yo Riley: "I would like to change you into a kid like me. So we could play together with toys. You could share my airplane!"

What do you wish you could go and do with me?

3yo Riley: “Go get marshmallows.”

6yo Riley: "I wish we could do Mommy and Riley day when we get ice cream together. I like those days."


It was fun to look back on these answers. I'll definitely have to do it again in a couple years. Have you ever tried something like this with your own kids?


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cassi... cassie_kellison

awe thats cute. I want to do that with my almost 5yo.

April Perry

my son is far too old for this, but I think that it's totally precious. The answers made me smile and reminisce about my own son and how sweet and simple those times were.

Alexandrea Goff Dahlstrom

This was adorable. I love kids honesty and that your 3yo thinks you where a hungry kid! I will most certainly do this once my kids can actually talk!

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Lol! How cuuute! I have a 3 and 6 year old.. Would be interesting to hear there different answers. Last year in kindergarten my oldest did something like a mad lib and she was soo sweet! I see ur 3 year old liked marshmellows and curious george.. Simple things :)

Dana Taylor

so adorable!!!

Vicki Palmer

how adorable! i like his 6 yr old answer on how does he know you love him. too cute!!

Shera... Sheraymonet

Ok I have to do this with my almost 6 year old. Too cute! 

Sarah Howery

cute-plus my boy is riley--but 3 and 6--im going to try this with my 3 yr old and 6 yr old riley!

Jessie Davenport

I interviewed my daughter when she was 10 or 11 and wrote the interview in my journal. I just wanted to remember how she felt and thought about things at that time, and it was a way for us to spend time together. But my questions were more like, "Who is your best friend?" "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and "What makes you sad/mad/happy?" Wish I had done it more often. She is seventeen now.


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