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My kids answer some questions about the future.

My kids answer some questions about the future.

Usually it’s the parent that answers all the questions: the eeeeeeendless “WHY?” questions when they are three, the more complicated meaning-of-life questions when they are 10, that you answer with “Ask Daddy/Mummy” (whichever one you’re not), and the “will you fetch me from abc and give me money for xyz?” questions when they’re 15.

There’re also all those questions you’d vowed never to answer with “Because I said so!” – like your mum did. But now you are a parent and you fully understand why she said that, and now you do too.

So it’s time to get my own back and be the one to do the asking for a change, because their answers can be quite sweet, usually frank and insightful and sometimes really funny. What I enjoyed the most though is each of them enjoyed their individual time with me on the couch being ‘interviewed’. It made me realise that in living our busy lives, we don’t take enough time to sit down and chat about each child’s dreams and ideas. Our conversations tend to focus more around “what happened today and what do we need to sort out for tomorrow?”. That’s partly to do with having so many darned kids!

So I am planning to make this a regular feature on my blog, with a different theme each time. I hope you enjoy reading it and maybe you’d like to try this with your kids to.

My children are 161311 and 9 years old, I’ve colour coded their replies accordingly:

The theme for this post is the future:

What will be the biggest changes you think we’ll see in the world in the future?

  • Irish schools won’t have the Junior Cert any longer. (She starts writing these exams today!)
  • Hoverboards will be commercially available, self driving cars will be common and virtual reality will be brilliant.
  • I don’t think the world will be flooded by Global Warming and everyone will realise there was nothing to worry about
  • There will be an iphone 20

What do you want to be when you grow up?

  • Tom Holland’s Wife
  • A pilot
  • A Primary school teacher
  • A missionary or a YouTuber

Where will you live?

  • Tom Holland’s house
  • Vietnam
  • South Africa
  • Ireland, England or Poland

Where would you like to travel to next?

  • Los Angeles
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • South Africa, Australia or Brazil because it’s tropical

Do you want to get married?

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

How many kids would you like to have?

  • 6
  • 3
  • 4
  • 2

If you could be famous, which person would you like to be as famous as?

  • Zendaya
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Barack Obama or Elvis Presley
  • Zoella or the Ace Family

What one big change would you like to see in the future?

  • Foot ball players would have to give half of their income to the poor
  • Less sexism and racism
  • No more wars – world peace
  • That everyone has human rights

What will people wear in the future?

  • It will be acceptable for women to be able to walk around topless (she wasn’t advocating for it if you’re worried – I was a little perturbed)
  • Brighter colours (80’s fashion will come back)
  • Ten inch soled ‘crocs’
  • Waterproof dresses

What invention will make people’s lives easier?

  • A cure for cancer
  • Self driving cars
  • Teleportation portals
  • You twist your ear and a blue screen pops up in front of you with categories and say an image of a football or burger comes up and then you click on it and you get a real one.

What’s your biggest goal in your future?

  • To travel to all the continents and become fluent in French, and to marry Tom Holland
  • To make a difference in the world in some way and also to set a world record
  • To be a professional ballerina
  • To go to heaven, and my school tour tomorrow

Now it’s your turn, what are some of the funny answers your kids have given? Let me know in the comments down below.

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50 thoughts on “My kids answer some questions about the future.

  1. It is ALWAYS delightful to hear what kids have to say and to be the ones asking THEM the questions (even when they’d asked you first … they often have a working hypothesis of what they think the answer is …). 😉
    You can tell the topless-future-kid (just kidding) that it is ALREADY legal in NYC for women to be topless anyplace where it is legal for a man to be topless (e.g. many outdoors spaces). Yep, for real. Not many actually go for it, but you can, in the summer mostly, see some women in the Village walking topless just to make a point (no pun. I swear).
    As for some kids wisdom (and funnies) … you can scroll down on my blog to the bottom of the page and click on “Things Kids Say” category. There’s all kinds there … 😉
    https://naamayehuda.com/category/things-kids-say/

      1. Well, it is not an epidemic so the likelihood isn’t huge that you’ll see gals baring torsos on the street, HOWEVER, it is a possibility to keep in mind (Times Square has some painted topless gals, too, but they’ve been relegated to one area to reduce … distraction…). NYC is fab, if steamy in the summer. Give a shoutout when you’re here. 🙂

  2. I love reading things like this. Kids are so sweet, innocent and full of hope. It’s a lesson to us all. Thank you for sharing x

  3. This is brilliant. It’s so fun asking kids questions too aswell as them asking us! Hilarious to find out what they are thinking, they come out with the best things! And often wiser than we realise #blogcrush

  4. This interview is fantastic and the answers are incredible. Love the fact that they believe in marriage and want to have children. Also the answers they gave to famous people they want to be like and the big changes they want to see in the future. But I think the best is that it will be acceptable for women to walk around topless. I want to see this one happening in the future – hahaha #blogcrush

      1. They sure do …. I’m sure there is a market for a missionary YouTuber!! Maybe building Minecraft-type churches and kitting out your churchgoers in those outfits my son gets in Fortnite? No guns, mind!!

  5. This is brilliant! I love the idea of you adding this feature to your blog! I think my favorites were…”a missionary or a youtuber” and football players giving half of their salaries to the poor!
    Your kids are full of personality and are so insightful! Can’t wait to see what they say next!
    #BlogCrush

  6. I loved reading the answers all of your children gave to your questions. What a fun way to create a unique bonding experience with them. My daughter is still too young to have a conversation with. Her answer is baba to everything you say lol. I will definitely be doing this with her when she is older. #BlogCrush

  7. Those are some pretty funny answers! I used to have a book of interviews that I did with each of my boys called Hold That Thought for kids and when my oldest son was about 4 or 5 he told me he wanted to grow up to become a pig– the actual farm animal. It was hilarious!

  8. So you’ll have a goodly number of grandchildren then! Now, I’m going to have to be very uncool and google Tom Holland. I’ll just see if a quick twist of my ear will produce a screen. How wonderful is this and what an amazing selection of answers. I think I might just have to ask my daughter these questions. I expect she will know who Tom Holland is too! Thanks for sharing with #tweensteensbeyond

  9. This is fab! I love the variety of responses (although I totally just had to google who Tom Holland is – does that mean I’m getting old??!). I think your eldest is very perceptive when she says it will be acceptable for women to walk around topless – I never thought about it before but with equal rights gathering momentum all the time, it might not be as far in the future as we imagine! #blogcrush

    1. A bit worrying really, apparently this is already acceptable in parts of NYC and I know it is on most European beaches. At least one can choose not to take our teenage boys there at the moment but who knows what will happen in the future! That’s the problem with the equal rights campaign, are the rights truly preserved for every party, what about those who are vulnerable to being exposed to other people’s free choices?

  10. Am feeling uber cool right now because I know who Tom Holland is! There is clearly some kind of fixation with him going on and I guess he lives in LA?! I am also looking forward to your children’s world! The resurgence of the 80’s being one! I know how to do that in spades! Also loving the emphasis on a kinder, more accepting society. Made me smile Liberty. Great kids. High five to you mother! #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. You are super cool then! Unlike me 😀 I’m not so sure about a resurgence of eighties hair though, personally I’d chose the 70s, I seem to have loads of clothes that would fit right in. Kids can be really funny when they are young it’s a shame we grow up and become so sensible! 🙂

  11. I am so ashamed to say that I had to google ‘Tom Holland’ and now I’ve seen him he looks about 12!! It’s so lovely that they all wanted to get married, you’re obviously good role models for that institution. This was a lovely and different post Liberty, thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. Yes so did I, I think he’ll make a very handsome fresh faced son-in-law don’t you think? I didn’t watch the latest Spiderman film so I think I would have been a not more clued in if I had. Good thing I’m interviewing my kids now so that I can find out a bit more about their personal lives!

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