I ask my Kids some Questions about Friendship
In my previous interviews I discovered my kids would happily hang out on a deserted island with a group of celebrities I had never heard of and that my children had unexpected dreams for the future.
This time I have asked them all about their friendships. I wanted to include some questions about marriage and romance too but that was an epic fail with my teenagers. You’d think, having been a teenager myself once upon a distant time, that I should have expected this. The rolled eyes, the huge sighs and the flopped heads onto folded arms were the accompaniments to the responses they were willing to give me.
I sort of thought if I disguised the questions carefully by sliding them in between innocent ones about their mates, I would catch them out with a few of their secrets revealed. It turns out that having a casual chat to teenagers about romance is a LOT harder than I thought it would be. I need to change tactic – like learning mind reading – if I want to figure out what they REALLY think about the opposite sex.
My children are 16, 13, 11 and 9 years old, I’ve colour coded their replies accordingly. Here are the questions they all did answer:
What was the name of your first best friend and how old were you?
- Riley, 2 yrs old
- Liam, 4 yrs old
- Aoibheann, 0
- Cara, 0
What age is appropriate for dating?
- 16 or 17
What age is appropriate for getting married?
- Any age after 16
- 20 and over
- 20 and up
How long should you be married before having kids?
- Argh mum these are terrible questions
- Depends, I don’t know…
- *shrugs* a year?
- 4 years
Is it better to have a few good friends or plenty of general friends?
- A few good ones – definitely
- A few good ones
- A lot of general ones
- A few good ones
What is the nicest thing your friends have ever done for you?
- They threw a surprise party for me and got the whole class involved, it was the first party in my new school
- We were at a match and one of my friends bought me a can of Pringle’s and a drink
- When I was sad one day, one of my friends helped me and one of my friends invited me to Tayto Park
- I was at a sleepover and I had no clean clothes, so my friend’s dad went to Tesco and bought me some. (much to my mortification)
What are good qualities in a friend?
- Never make fun of you, encouraging and funny
- Loyalty, humour, chemistry – personality match with yours
- Kind personality, loving, not selfish, both enjoy the same things
- Don’t laugh at you when you tell secrets, not bossy, laugh at your jokes
What do you like to do with your friends?
- Go walking, playing football, shower in our swimming costumes (I’m not sure what to say here? If you had asked me what she liked to do, I would not in a million years have guessed this!)
- Talk, play sport, play video games, cycle, swim, walk
- Talk, dance, play games
- Explore the woods, do hairstyles and make slime
What are some of the things that adults like to do with their friends?
- Drink coffee and chat, go for walks, go to shows
- Talk, watch a match, have a few pints
- Chat, men like to watch rugby, go out to dinner
- Chatting and laughing and drinking tea
If you could go anywhere on holidays with your best friends, where would you go?
- South Africa to show them around
- Japan, theme parks
- To Paris and to cycle around France
- South Africa because it’s hot and want to swim with dolphins and go on a safari with them
What do you want to do at your next party?
- BBQ at home with ALL my friends
- Not sure, will cross that bridge when we get there
- Go on our boat to the beach and have a BBQ and swim
- Take four friends to the ice skating rink followed by a hot chocolate
Which famous person do you think would make a good friend?
- Tom Holland (lol, thought we’d dodged that bullet?? – see previous posts as mentioned above)
- Ariana Grande
- Elle from the Ace Family (YouTubers – apparently she can’t say much as she’s only two but she’s really cute)
So you can see I gave up pretty quickly with the marriage theme but once again, I discovered things I never knew, about my kids and about celebrity culture. Also that they love to be interviewed, as long as I ask the right questions! I’ve asked for suggestions from them for the next interview…
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