I am inspired by my children. The world is still so new to them at five years old, yet they seem capable of some of the most profound commentary on life. They are in a state of near constant cognitive dissonance since each day brings new experiences that must be weighed against limited prior knowledge. When a breakthrough happens and their minds coalesce on a simple truth, it’s an incredible thing to witness…often with hilarious results.
Unfortunately, as a father, I’ve done a poor job of capturing these moments. I talk AT them all the time, but it’s rare that I talk WITH them or allow them to express THEIR VOICE. (Too many teachers do the same, but that’s a topic for another time.)
Enter The Interview Game, a simple idea that promises to inspire blog entries for years to come. Throw a dozen open-ended questions into a hat, ask the child to pick one, and record their responses. Crafting the right types of questions was harder than anticipated, and it took a conscious effort not to influence their reasoning with any adult logic. I invite you to take a few minutes and enjoy the results of our efforts. I’m convinced that I’ve stumbled upon a gold mine, so look for episode 2 next week.