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 16, 13, 11 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
- South Africa
- Ireland, England or Poland
Where would you like to travel to next?
- Los Angeles
- South Africa, Australia or Brazil because it’s tropical
Do you want to get married?
How many kids would you like to have?
If you could be famous, which person would you like to be as famous as?
- 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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