There is a section in the baby memory book dedicated to recording first sentiments for toddlers. The pages are in question form and ask: What makes you happy?, What is a Family? If you could do anything today what would you do? What do you want to do when you grow up? and What do you like to learn about?
I love this section for several reasons:
1. It get's me thinking about questions to ask the kids, right from the start - when I'm pushing them on the swings, when I'm making them lunch, when we lay down for nap time. What's a small thing I can ask them about themselves?
2. I love seeing how the answers change (or not) over time. The other day when I was looking at Skyler's book I noticed that on the page that says "What do you like to learn about?" she answered "math" 3 times! I also love how the "What is a family page?" evolved from "The grown ups that get the hot stuff" to "Mom, dad, bother, sister, dog and cat."
3. Because they SURPRISE you and it's funny, and sweet and weird, and crazy AND I because I would be so sad if I didn't remember. One time I asked Julia "What do you want to do when you grow up and she said "be a baby and drink some of your milk." OMG that's definitely, a little crazy and funny and just so sweet because nursing was our special, quiet time together that we both loved and we were both sad to see it go when that phase of her life was over.
When is a good time to ask your toddler these questions? From the minute they can tell you the answer, however small it may be until about 4 or 5. Until they think too much about what the answer will be. Just to see, I asked my 2nd grader a question out of the blue and she said "Why do you want to know?" How things change! Ask when they are still little enough to shout out the first thing that pops into mind, without questioning it and write it down.
What, in my experience happens when you try and VIDEO the answer to one of these questions or some other cute moment - the "I see's" or the "Me see's" or the "I wanna see's." I'd love to know how you get this to stop it's probably why I wrote so much down. The minute I brought out the option of video most of what I got was a toddler with the "I see's."