14 Questions to Ask Your Child About Yourself: Emma

questions to ask your child

My daughter is home sick this week so I took it as an opportunity to ask her some questions about me. I used the questions in this post from the Huffington Post and I think I will do more of these as the kids grow as it gives me a glimpse of what the kids are paying attention to. 

Questions to Ask Your Child

Emma is 8 and these were the answers she came up with and my thoughts on them. 

1. What is something I always say to you?
Emma: I love you 

I literally tell each and every person in my house I love them at least a dozen times a day. It is important that they all know just how loved they are.

2. What makes me happy? 
Emma: Coffee

True story. 

3. What makes me sad?
Emma: When things go wrong

Like most people I want things to go smoothly and yet there is so many times when they don’t. I am not one to shy away from sharing my emotions and I wonder if maybe I show too much?

4. How do I make you laugh?
Emma: When you say funny stuff

My husband and I are always joking and laughing at home and I love that the kids pick it up. I think I am pretty funny if I may say so myself 😉

5. What was I like as a child?
Emma: Smart

She is trying to get some of the Valentine’s Day candy I have stashed by stroking my ego apparently. Also, she is right in the way that I was book smart.

6. How old am I? 
Emma: 32….or 33

She is right with both. It’s my birthday tomorrow so I’ll take it.

7. How tall am I? (I’m 5’ 9”)
Emma: 2 meters

2 meters! I had to Google it to find out that 2 meters is 6 and a half feet. Am I that imposing?

8. What is my favorite thing to do?
Emma: Work

I do like to work a lot and I love that I get to do it from home but is it my favourite thing? I don’t know. 

9. What do I do when you’re not around?
Emma: You do your work and make food and clean up and watch Cyrus (the baby)

She has been home sick all week so she knows what I do but if she wasn’t here I would probably also be going out to lunch with hubby.

10. What am I really good at?
Emma: blank stare

I think I need to show my strengths more often because she stared at me until I asked the next question.

11. What is something I’m not good at?
Emma: whistling and winking

Can’t do either and it’s a running joke in this house because she can wink with both eyes and whistle. Show off.

12. What do I do for a job?
Emma: I don’t know what you do

Ummm she just said it was my favourite thing but she has no idea what I do. I guess I will be sitting her down to show her right after this goes live. 

13. What is my favourite food?
Emma: Chocolate…wait that is not food. Ravioli

She got it right the first time although I really may need to explain what food is to her. 

14. What do you enjoy doing with me?
Emma: cooking

I am of the belief that kids should know how to make themselves food and it is never too young to start. I’d rather her make herself a healthy meal when she is hungry instead of reaching for a premade meal. 


Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. February 15, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    Awww. Love this so much. And such a great idea to keep a record of it for every kid and see how their answers change over time.

  2. February 15, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    I can’t wait for Darius to come home so I can ask him. He really pays attention to what I do but I wonder how he will respond to the other stuff. Mostly I just need some validation that at least one of my kids knows what I do all day

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 15, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Now that was an interesting post. Kids mostly know what their dads’ work is but not so often what their mums do.

  4. Lynda Cook
    February 16, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Awww this was a great post, it’s interesting to see what the kids will say!

  5. kristen visser
    February 16, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    LMAO! 2 meters and blank stare. I love those answers lol. What a fabulous idea though. I will keep this in mind as my girls get older. I would love to ask them questions like this

  6. Julie
    February 16, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    Ha ha cute and funny! I wonder what my kids would say?

  7. Brian Hwang
    February 18, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    Lol, this is pretty darn cute and hilarious. I interview kids for a living and a lot of them find it challenging to list their parents’ “strengths” in concrete ways. I get “they are nice” a lot an an answer.

  8. Debbie White Beattie
    February 18, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    I love how close you are to your daughter because I’m really close with my mother and it’s the best thing in my life. I also love that you tell your kids that you love them all the time because we do that in my family and it’s always feels nice to know you’re loved.

  9. February 28, 2018 / 9:43 am

    This was a fantastic idea! I’m going to ask my kids when we get home today, although I may not like the answers from my oldest…haha!

    One night a few months ago, we played a game before bedtime that was sort of like the Newlywed game, where each of my girls had to answer questions about the other, and then we checked to see if the answers were right. It was cool as their mom to see what some of their answers were! My girls have been begging me to do it with them again, so I may use some of these questions this time!

  10. BobbiJo Pentney
    March 13, 2018 / 10:42 am

    This was very telling when I asked my 13 year old son 🙁

  11. Joanne C
    March 20, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    This is so sweet. I’d do this to kids also.

  12. Calvin
    April 19, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    Really great questions for bonding. Fun activity. I like your gif answers

  13. kathy downey
    June 11, 2018 / 10:33 am

    What a nice post it’s fun to hear the answers

  14. Tammi L.
    October 9, 2018 / 5:28 am

    My youngest is now 15 and I would have to choose my day before I’d ask her those questions, lol. Had I asked her when she was 6 or 7 I would have loved the answers – that’s when she was still having ‘best mom celebration days’ and making banners saying ‘best parent in the world’ etc. These days, not so much! I should have remembered this time from the first two, sigh.