Interviewing my six year-old

I even learned a few things

Sophie splits her time evenly between my house and her mother’s house. During a recent weekend with me we were cooped up inside with the first snow storm of 2020, so to kill some time I decided to interview my first-grader.

Let’s Begin…

What is your name? Ugh, dad, you know my name! Sophia!

How old are you? Six and a HALF.

Describe yourself in one word Nice, I am nice.

On Family…

What’s something I always say to you? Go to bed!

What do you like most about having 2 homes? Presents, birthdays, friends play dates.

What don’t you like about having 2 homes? My parents are separated, I don’t get to see them everyday together.

What do you enjoy doing with me? Bunch of stuff you let me do that I like doing, like having potato chips (mom doesn’t have any at her house). Games, puzzles, cuddle, watch movies, travel.

How do I make you laugh? (breaks into a giggle) You tickle me!

On Friends…

What do you like most about your friends? They are nice and funny.

What do you think makes a good person? Um, being nice, never talking back, just be you.

On School…

Do you like going to school? Yeah.

What do you like most about school? Math!

What do you like least about school? Homework

Do you have a lot of friends in school? Yes I do

On Feelings…

What makes you sad? Seeing my friends upset, thinking about my dog having surgery.

What do you do when you get sad? I just run to my room and scream into my pillow, ever since kindergarten.

What are some things that make you really happy? Family, friends, dad, cousins.

How do you show people you care for them? Help them, hug them, being there for them.

What makes you feel loved? (giggling non-stop) My dad asking me questions and I have no idea what I’m going to say next, makes me feel funny inside.

What’s a memory that makes you happy? Meeting my friend Gemma for the first time.

On Interests….

What do you like to do in your free time? Play, have fun with my friends, build LEGO.

What is your favorite thing to do? Math and TV.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Swimming teacher.

What are you really good at? Swimming, dancing, singing.

What are your favorite books? Katie Woo books

What’s your favorite season? Summer

What’s your favorite movie? Harry Potter

What’s your favorite show? Wizards of Waverly Place

What’s your favorite color? Light Blue

What is your favorite thing to eat? Cheburek — it’s a Russian food mom or dad make sometimes.

On Travel…

Do you like traveling? I love traveling. In February I’m going to Puerto Rico with my dad, cousin, aunt and uncle.

Why do you like traveling? Um, it’s fun, you get to go to places you’ve never been, you get to explore the world. I’ve been to London, Paris, Salt Lake City, Russia.

What do you recommend for kids to pack when they travel? Things they like, definitely clothes, toothbrush, tooth paste, things they like, things that help them.

What do you like to do on the airplane? Well, I bring things in my backpack, which fits a bunch of things. I keep it with me on the airplane so whenever I feel bored on the plane I take stuff out. My flight to Russia was my longest flight ever. I stayed up. My whole family was with me. I bring toys but not my most favorite toys, LEGO, they can break. I built a lot of LEGO sets. I have two more to build from Christmas. I love Harry Potter LEGO sets.

What was your favorite place you have traveled to? I have three.

France — Because I’ve never been. I got to explore and see Eiffel Tower. It’s really cool there. It’s a two hour train ride from London to Paris. I enjoyed having my family with me. Seeing cool things. I got an Eiffel Tower key chain. I went to see Versailles, it is a palace. The king and queen lived there.

Salt Lake CityBecause I got to meet my dads friends. It was a fun trip. I went rock climbing for the first time. It was the best part of my trip. We went hiking too.

RussiaBecause it was my longest flight and my most favorite flight. I got my whole family on that flight, my dad, my cousins, grandpa, grandma, uncles and aunt. I got to learn some Russian words. At our hotel, every time at breakfast they served sandwiches that had little plastic swords in them so we collected them with my cousin and did sword fights. And it was very warm.

What are some of the places you want to visit in the future? In the future, I don’t Know. Maybe Vermont. Alaska. Brazil. Hawaii. Spain.

She is a great travel buddy, and I have a separate story about our travels: “Dad, let’s go to London and Paris!”

Random Musings…

What do you look forward to when you wake up? Math on school days. On weekends, waking up my dad.

If you opened a store, what would you sell? Toys and pencils.

If you could give money to a charity, which charity would you choose? That helps old people.

What are 3 things you want to do this summer? Travel, have fun with my family and see my friends.

What would your Superhero name be, and what would be your powers? Frozelina with powers to freeze people.

If you could make up a new holiday, what would it be? Yes Day! It’s a day where grown ups have to say Yes to everything kids say. It has to be a weekend day.

Thank you for your time! You’re welcome! Can I go back to my LEGO now? Oh, what are you going to do with all my answers?

Dad to Sophie, immigrant, world traveler, amateur photographer, product manager. Instagram: @alex.mnats.travel

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