Raising Richmond: Me according to him

At three-and-a-half, our son JR is in this interesting phase where he’s old enough to verbally express what he’s thinking but young enough that his thoughts are often hilarious, absurd, and so cute you can’t see straight. Check out a recent interview I did with him–about me!


At almost three-and-a-half (on May 17th, but who’s counting?1), our son JR is in this interesting phase where he’s old enough to verbally express what he’s thinking but young enough that his thoughts are often hilarious, absurd, and so cute you can’t see straight.

So to celebrate this moment in time–and to indulge myself a bit since Mother’s Day is coming up–I decided to do a little interview with him. Specifically, an interview consisting of questions2 focused on what he thinks about me—my likes and dislikes, how we spend our time together, that kind of stuff.

It took us a while to work through all of the questions (turns out little boys aren’t always stoked to sit down and have a 10-minute conversation that isn’t about Legos or Buzz Lightyear), but I’m glad I stuck with it. Yes, JR’s answers were quite funny and sweet, but I also just really enjoyed hearing what he had to say about our relationship. It’s my hope to revisit these questions (or a variation of them) with him every year or so; I think we’ll all get a kick out of seeing how his answers change as he gets older.

But for now, let’s take a look at what JR had to say3 in what I like to call “Me according to him: The preschool edition”…

QHow old am I?

AI don’t know. Five?

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QHow tall am I?

ASeven inches (as he holds his hands approximately two inches apart).

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QWhat is my job?

ATo take care of me and to go to work and pay money.

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QWhat do I do when you’re not around?

AWhen I’m at school you go to work. Or go to bed.

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QWhat is my favorite thing to do?

AWatch TV and snuggle. I want to do that tonight, ok? We can do that tonight, right? Say yes.

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QWhere is my favorite place to go?

AA PLAYGROUND! To play with me.

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QWhat makes me happy?

ASnuggling and listening.

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QWhat makes me sad?

AWhen you fall down.

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QWhat makes me mad?

AWhen I don’t listen.

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QWho is my best friend?


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QIf I had a super power, what would it be?

ALightning. Ask me what my super power would be. It would be shooting arrows and lightning.

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QWhat’s my favorite TV show?

AYo Gabba Gabba. 4

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QWhat’s my favorite movie?

ALightning McQueen. 5

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QWhat is something I always say to you?


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QWhat is my favorite thing to eat?

AFrench fries.

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QWhat am I really good at?

ADrawing pictures of Spider-man. And making toast with peanut butter and honey on it.

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QWhat am I not really good at?


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QWhat do you think I was like when I was a kid?

AA bug. No. A little baby.

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QHow do I make you laugh?

ABy saying funny words. Hey, say a funny word. Say a funny word, Mama. Say it.

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QHow are we the same?

ABecause we both have the same skin. Dada doesn’t have the same skin as me and you. He’s dark and we’re pink.

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QHow are we different?

AWe’re not different!

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QWhat do we do together?

AGo to the playground and play. Sometimes we ride in the car to get Dada from work.

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QWhat do you wish we could do together?

AGo to the playground.7

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QIf you could give me any present in the entire world, what would it be?

ASpider-man. I wanna get Spider-man for Christmas.

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QWhat makes me proud of you?

AWhen I listen and when I don’t suck my thumb.

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QWhat makes you proud of me?

ANot yelling. 8

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QHow do you know I love you?

ABecause my heart loves you.9

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When you get a few minutes, go ahead and work through these questions with your kids. You’re sure to get a few chuckles and some hearty “Awwwws” out of it. And dads, if you’re still trying to figure out what to get the mama of your babies for Mother’s Day, consider recording or transcribing your little ones’ answers for her to see on Sunday morning. I can’t imagine any mother who wouldn’t get at least a little misty-eyed over that.

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  1. I am. And sobbing. 
  2. The majority of these were inspired by an interview Linda did with her older son a few years ago; I just tweaked them a bit and added a few of my own. I remember first reading her interview with her son back when JR was a gurgling blob of baby and couldn’t wait to do something similar when he got older. 
  3. I thought about getting the interview on video but I thought I’d spare you guys all the outbursts of “HUH” and “WHAT? I DIDN’T HEAR YOU.” You’re welcome. 
  4. Not an inaccurate statement. 
  5. Also, not an inaccurate statement. 
  6. I’m actually REALLY great at spilling. Perhaps he misunderstood the question… 
  7. Thank you, Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, for helping me fulfill my son’s greatest wish. 
  8. Fair enough. 
  9. Annnnnnnd POP! my heart exploded. 
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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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