Ever wonder what your kids think of you?
Like REALLY think of you?
Not the things they say to you to get you to buy them stuff or let them go places or forgive them for their transgressions. But rather, the things they actually think about you-as person, as a mother.
Well, I do. I’m also curious if they know me, as a human being, over and above my identity as their their mother. My friend Kat at Jackstrawlane interviewed her kids after Lisa over at Forever in Mom Genes interviewed her kids. They did it for posterity. I, however, did it because A) I don’t like to be outdone; B) I’m nosy; and C) This was a great way to get my teenagers to think about me instead of themselves.
Note: S = is my 18 year old daughter, B = my 16 year old son, and J = my 13 year old baby boy.
1. What is something mom always says to you?
S: Take your vitamins (well, I want her to be healthy)
B: Do this survey (He did first delete it as spam.)
J: Get off the computer! (I do say that. A lot. But, with love)
2. What makes mom happy?
S: Presents (don’t those make everyone happy?)
B: Affection (duh)
J: Seeing her kids happy (Tearing up now)
3. What makes mom sad?
S: Nothing (she’s an egocentric teenager, obviously)
B: Disobedience (a given)
J: Seeing her kids grow up (Everyone knows that one is doing me in)
4. What does your mom do to make you laugh?
S: Nothing (rude)
B: Make funny jokes (I didn’t pay him to say that)
J: Talk about our dog’s antics (Do I really talk about the dogs that much?)
5. What was your mom like as a child?
S: Fun (I’m still fun)
B: Like my sister and me mixed (not really)
J: Very smart and cultured (He’s completely inaccurate, but it sounds like someone I’d like to have been)
6. How old is your mom
S: 44. No. 22. (I love this girl)
B: 40 something (close-ish)
J: 42 (How come they don’t know how old I am?)
7. How tall is your mom?
S: 3 ft (That’s not very nice)
B: Short (Most people are short next to gangly teenage boys)
J: Short (Seriously, people. Do you think I like being the shortest person in the house?)
8. What is her favourite thing to do?
S: Play with the dogs (Because they love me)
B: Love her kids (suck up)
J: Talk to the fish (That makes me sound weird)
9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?
S: Try on all my clothes (Not all the time)
B: Twitter and blog (I do that when you are around.)
J: Sit and stare at the wall in despair (Feel free to think that)
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
S: Horrible dance moves on Youtube (That is a distinct possibility)
B: Writing (This is why he’s my favorite)
J: A reality show called ‘Mara Shapiro, Fish Whisperer (This kid is making me sound strange. But, I do really understand those fish and their needs)
11. What is your mom really good at?
S: complaining (probably my husband paid her to say that)
B: Writing and momming (This is another reason he’s my favorite)
J: Writing and babying her children (Why does it say bad when the baby says that?)
12. What is your mom not very good at?
S: Singing (I take offense to that. I think I had a good chance at beng a rock star)
B: Refer to 11 (No longer my favorite)
J: Writing and babying her children (How can I be both great and bad at something. And, you’re supposed to be the genius?)
13. What does your mom do for her job?
S: Go on Twitter (That’s a part of it)
B: Blog and twitter (Do I see a trend?)
J: She writes words about things (Doesn’t everyone?)
14. What is your mom’s favorite food?
S: Pasta Puttanesca that Grandpa made (Finally! A correct answer. That, and Bagel World Bagels. Oh, and movie popcorn)
B: Fancy food (What exactly is fancy food? Like marrow foam, tomatoes or duck? Because I don’t like any of those)
J: Pasta Puttanesca (Do I make it that much?)
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
S: her eyebrows (Unique answer. When pressed she said the eyebrows go straight across while everyone else’s have an arch. Talk about turning a negative upside down)
B: Her blogging and writing (He’s my favorite again)
J: She puts up with my siblings and I (So you’re proud of me for suffering the three of you?)
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
S: Stewie from Family Guy (mummy, mother, mummy, mom, mummy. Does she mean I nag?)
B: The coyote and my sister would be roadrunner. (I’ll need clarification)
J: Brain, from Pinky and the Brain (I like the sound of that)
17. What do you and your mom do together?
S: Fight (I beg to differ. We do other things while we’re fighting)
B: Have fun. (We do like to have fun.)
J: Go to dinner and movies (True story)
18. How are you and your mom the same?
S: There’s nothing. we are completely different. (It’s actually true. We are completely different)
B: Lots of ways. (List them. Because I’d be proud to be like you)
J: Taste in art forms (Hunh? Genius rears it’s head again)
19. How are you and your mom different?
S: See #18
B: I’m cooler (That’s possible. But, only because you can play lacrosse)
J: Taste in art forms (Still don’t get it. Be nice to your mom who is dumber than you)
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
S: She tells me every five seconds. (I hope that’s a good thing)
B: I don’t. She should prove it. Me getting a car might help. (See #4)
J: Because she continually cares for me and also she gave birth to me (And, on that note….)
So, what would your kids say about you?