Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Kid Interview Questions FHE

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I've kind of alluded to it before, but I'll say it again.  Family Home Evening works best when you tailor it to the needs of your family.  

In our family, time is of the essence.  If Steve gets home from work on time then we have at best one hour to eat dinner AND have FHE, then it's off to bed.  So, if he gets home late, like he did last night, we only have 30 minutes to do both and that means FHE and Dinner have to merge!

Yesterday, we had two items on the FHE agenda: "Sibling Appreciation Night" and Kid Interviews.

First up:  Sibling Appreciation...Scarlett-style!  I created clues to help us guess who we'd be talking about.  I wrote the clues on sticky-notes and stuck them to the bottom of our dinner plates.  That way it was sort of a scavenger hunt, but we didn't have to leave the table!

The first clue was a scripture:  "Remember the worth of [this soul] is great in the sight of God."  We took a moment to talk about what a soul is and to talk about the fact that EVERY person is of great worth in the eyes of the Lord.  When Guy read clue #2, "This person shares well and is a good friend," he knew immediately that we were talking about Scarlett, but we proceeded through the five clues anyway so we could hear that: "This person knows how to love others, cares about animals, and chooses the right."

Scarlett was pleased to hear that she was the spotlight child at FHE last night.  We lauded her for getting 100% correct on her evaluation in preschool that indicates how well she knows her letters and numbers.  (According to her teacher, she was the only kid to get 100% on her evaluation!  Smartypants!)  We also went around the table saying what we love about Scarlett and gave her "three cheers!"  Then we ate a special dessert in her honor:  strawberry short-cake.

The second part of FHE was conducting our yearly kid interviews.  Since we were strapped for time, Steve took Guy upstairs and interviewed him, and I took the girls.  Click here to print off the Kid Interview Form that we used to get you started.  (Or scroll down to find it at the bottom of this post!)

I LOVE doing interviews with my children.  It gives me a rare, quiet, few minutes with them ALONE to really listen to their hopes, dreams, desires, etc.  Knowing the secret thoughts of their hearts (and writing them down) helps me to be a better Mother to them.

Here are some gems that came out of last night's interviews:

From Guy:

What makes you most proud?  "Family, Family, Family!"

What do you love about yourself?  "My eyes because I can see everything!"

What do you want to be when you grow up?  "A Scientist...a discovering, testing...see new things kind of Scientist."

What is your testimony of Jesus Christ?  "I believe the scriptures and Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and all of the prophets."

From Scarlett:  

What do you love about Guy?  "He says everything that I color is beautiful."

What do you like about Mom? "I like that you sometimes give us soda or milk or water or hot chocolate.  Sometimes you play with me or my baby dolls...(I'm just saying that so you'll do it tomorrow because you didn't do it today, ok?)"

From Autumn:

Who is your teacher?  "Mommy"

What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?  "tickle"

What is your favorite thing to do with Dad?  "play with him"

What do you love about yourself?  "Mousie boy and blankie"

What do you love about Mommy?  "She gets me Mousie boy & blankie."

Be sure to check out That Good Part's FHE about LISTENING from last night.

Read about more of our adventures in FHE here.

2012 Kid Interview Form


  1. What a wonderful family home evening!  I could not agree with you more about tailoring your fhe to fit your families needs...it is a must.  Thank you so much for sharing this, I cannot wait to do these interviews with my kids!!  Your blog is a treasure, I am so glad I have found it :)

  2. This is a great idea, and I'm always sorry that you (and the internet) weren't around when I was raising my kids. We all missed out!


  3. Fun! We do something similar in the summer when we spend the whole day doing things the "spotlight" child likes to do. Maybe I should surprise everyone and do it this spring instead! You've gotten me excited to try it.

  4. Thanks for sharing! Great ideas- I'll have to give it a try. I agree that we need to cater to our family's needs for FHE. I'm actually a little disappointed when I see whole websites with FHE ideas so that families don't have to plan ANYTHING. The problem with that is, you might not be following the spirit and teaching what you family needs that way. But, I love that people share their FHE ideas- we just need to take those as a starting point and fit them to our needs.

  5. i love these ideas - a spotlight - How Fun! I know that my kids would totally get a kick out of this...maybe we'll have to start.  And I love the kid interview idea.  Both of these are great.  Thanks for sharing them.

    oh - and we have to merge dinner and FHE quite often.  It isn't the best, but it is better than nothing.  Usually, we start dinner, and then FHE starts after we've been eating for a few minutes.  I guess they overlap. I'm glad you mentioned this in your blog because it is important for people to know that adapting FHE is what makes it work.

  6. wow, i wish you had been my mommy...lol!

  7. What a great FHE, and such great questions.  Thanks for sharing them.

  8. Love it. :) We've had to combine it with dinner too - you make it feel so real and okay that its not that "picture perfect" FHE in my head. Need to let go of that.

  9. Jocelyn, you are amazing. I am going to send this link to all of my children. I love the FHE and the interview page.
    Blessings to you for all of your creative ideas.

  10. Wonderful ideas!  It is so important that each child feel loved and valued.  I know that FHE has helped strengthen my family :)

  11. Karmen Sadler DiazThursday, February 09, 2012

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