This time last year I did an interview with Matthew who was then entering pre-school at the time. One year on and he has been going to big school almost two weeks already. I was curious to see what his answers would be now a year later. Year by year his speech would also improve. In fact he talks a lot now.
I have been reading about these questions on Facebook that are making their rounds. Questions you should ask your toddler. I thought I am going to mix it up a bit and put a few additional questions into it which Matthew can actually understand. I tried asking him certain questions and he didn’t seem to understand what they mean. He was thinking and thinking and going “ehm”, but he couldn’t answer me. So I added a few easier questions that were no problem to him. He does like playing with the kids in creche and interacts with them. When it comes to speech and having a conversation with them, we definitely have to work on that one. I am so glad that he doesn’t start school until next September. He will have just turned five. A lot can change in a year.
Last week Matthew started pre-school. It is not as much of a big deal to us than it is to other parents. You are wondering why? Well, he has been in creche/nursery since the age of 5 months. It means he has his routine in the premises for years. Entering pre-school just basically meant that he has a bit more of a schedule and he is getting learn more to prepare him for big school next year. He has been in the pre-school since June. It means he already got a taste of it since. When we go to creche every morning, we don’t say “We are going to creche” anymore. Now we are saying “We are going to pre-school”. It seems a lot easier on him because he likes going. Sometimes we had the odd occasion where he went in crying or didn’t want to leave my side.
The other day I was chatting to him what he is actually doing in pre-school at the moment because I don’t really get to hear what he is doing. When I collect him he is usually outside or his teacher is already gone home. Yesterday was example he was telling me that he learnt the numbers. Now he already can count to 20 but we haven’t really practiced the numbers much in ages. He proudly counted for me before bedtime. He got a lot better at colouring two. A few weeks ago he was just scribbling all over the page. He is actually asking me now if he can colour in his Paw Patrol book and he is sitting at the table concentrated with the tongue out and is doing brilliant.
So this evening I asked him a few questions. Maybe it’s something you would like to use as well and ask your own child. He/she doesn’t have to be a pre-schooler.
1. What makes you happy?
2. What makes you sad?
3. How old are you?
4. How old is mammy?
5. How old is daddy?
6. What is your favourite thing to do?
Going to creche
7. Who is your best friend?
8. What did you do today?
Played with toys in creche, Bob the Builder
9. What is your favourite food?
Chicken nuggets and chips
10. What is your favourite song?
The spider. (Incy Wincy Spider)
11. What is your favourite animal?
12. What does daddy do for work?
13. Where do you live?
In a house
14. Where is your favourite place to go?
To the shop
15. What do you want for your birthday next year?
My cake and candles
16. What scares you?
17. What is your favourite colour?
18. What is your favourite toy?
The fire engine
19. What is your favourite fruit?
20. What do you like eating for lunch?
Sandwich and crisps
21. What is your favourite book?
Paw Patrol book
I was recently tagged by Simplyhomemademum to be taken part in the blogger interview. Thanks very much and here we go:
How did you get into blogging?
I have started blogging a few years ago but not with a serious approach to make it public. It was just an online diary for myself to record my travelling and day to day life. Then I had Matthew and I stopped blogging. 2013 I started following an Australian blogger called Chantelle who blogs at www.fatmumslim.au. She got me inspired and I started to take blogging serious again early last year.
What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?
You are the blog, use your own voice. Of course you can have a look at other blogs to get inspired, but remember it’s the voice of your blog that makes your blog special. Don’t copy someone elses way of blogging. It’s got to be unique. Write the way you talk every day.
How has your blog changed since you started writing it?
It has changed in so many ways. I started off with a ridiculous looking theme, no structure in the blog, I randomly blogged about things and the most annoying thing is that I definitely used too many smileys back then. Now I am not using any because I’ve read to not use them. It has a proper niche now.
What advice would you give to PR’s approaching you for a campaign?
When it comes to reviewing products or writing a sponsored post even, I am very efficient. I am that kind of person who likes to get things done fast and don’t like people waiting. This is under the assumption my kids are well and don’t need my full attention in the evening/at night.
Do you have a plan for your blog?
I don’t have a real plan in place to be honest. I’d like it to become a bit bigger in future, become a bit more popular and hopefully more familiar brands will be approaching me more. Apart from that I am happy to post away, share my posts and hope others like reading them.
What do you think about rankings?
I am a bit of a competitor I have to admit. I am forever waiting for the tots 100 ranking to come out every month. I am always delighted to be moving up places, but also disappointed when I went down places. I should be not too focused on the rankings though, it is my own little space and even if it is not doing well, I am writing it for myself as a hobby to keep me occupied other than being a mum.
There is 5 ladies I would love to tag in this to take part too:
Kerry from OhSoAmelia
Fiona from DollyDowsie
Alex from BumptoBaby
Debs from SuperBusyMum
Rebecca from MumOfaPrematureBaby
All you have to do, is answer the questions above and link back to me.