After all, kids these days have myriad forms of entertainment right at their fingertips. Motivating them to spend an afternoon chatting with their grandpa might not rank very high on their to-do list, despite the fact you've told them a hundred times that one day they'll wish they had spent more time getting to know their older relatives.
What I wouldn't give for one more afternoon spent in my Grandma Hazel's kitchen, watching her cook cornbread in the skillet and listening to stories about my Papa. But hindsight is 20/20, right?
Which is why, naturally, your kids need your help now — whether they grasp that notion yet or not. First things first, you're going to need to invest in a digital recorder or a cell phone. Assuming the model was released in the last decade, it should have a record feature built in.
If your kids are reticent to simply interview older relatives (which will be the case for many kids), you'll need to get creative.
One way to get the ball rolling is to turn it into an assignment. Or, if your child has already been tasked at some point by a teacher with interviewing a family member, have them expound upon that assignment. Teachers often hand out family tree assignments when kids are young, so your child likely won't think this type of homework to be off-the-wall. When you present it as an assignment, your child will be prone to following through.
To get you off on the right foot, here are 20 questions for a family interview.
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