What My Kids Think of Me: Amanda’s Perspective

I saw a blog recently where someone interviewed her son and asked a bunch of questions about her. I thought this was an interesting idea and, being someone who appreciates and encourages documenting our legacies, I decided to conduct a little interview of my own. I interviewed all three of my kids separately and got some interesting responses. My my what we learn about our kids. What I learned about myself was powerful. My interview with my oldest, Amanda, is documented below. You can read the interview with my son Steven here. You can read the interview with my daughter, Sarah, here.



1. How would you describe me? Awesome. You are my mom.

2. In what ways are we alike? We see the positive in people and the world. We believe there is a bigger purpose for us. We are both hot!

3. In what ways are we different? You are more reserved and less judgmental. I’m more in your face and aggressive.

4.  What’s my favorite thing to do? Be with family, laugh, meditate, pray.

5. What’s your favorite thing we do together? Eat and connect.







6.  What is your favorite memory as a child? Watching you cook desserts and cookies. I remember you cooking every day when you were on leave after having Steven. I loved the cookie pudding dump pie.

7. What was your favorite vacation?  Hawaii for sure. Then, New York because it was great mommy time and DisneyWorld was pretty fantastic too.

8. What’s the most annoying thing about me? Your forgetfulness.

9. If I could do anything differently, what would it have been? I wanted another sibling closer in age to me.

10.  What do you most appreciate about me? Your tenacity, your gratitude and prayer practices and allowing me to have my own experiences. Also, I appreciate how deeply you love people. You are dedicated to causes you think are important.

11.  What are my favorite types of movies? Romance comedies and dramas… They have to have a plot.

12. What do you want my future husband to know about me?  How loved you are, how much you are appreciated and how protective I am. He better not f up.

13. If I suddenly had $1 million dollars, what would I do with it? Pay bills, buy a house on a beach, help others.

14.  What’s your favorite childhood tradition? When you would write notes in my lunchboxes, your kisses and hugs and Christmas.

15.  What do you  miss most about Grandma and Grandpa? Grandma’s laugh and hugs. She was always there. I miss talking to Grandpa. he knew everything and always placed devil’s advocate.

16. What’s my favorite saying? Bomb.com; you say random stuff from the 90’s.

17. What do I do when I’m mad? Lick your lips and then your lips disappear from your face.

18. When was I the saddest? Happiest? Saddest was when you thought you made a mistake with us kids. Happiest is when all 3 kids are at home.

19. What’s my least favorite thing to do? Look at snakes.

20. What is the favorite recipe or thing I make? Homemade pizza, beef strogonoff, apple bake, cookies.

21. What did I make you do that you hated? Essays.

22. What is your favorite/funniest memory of me? When you were drunk in NYC and called the Statue of Liberty a bitch because she was ‘moving’… Tandy’s note: We were on a NYC cruise and it was one of the very few times I was really drunk.

23. What is the most ‘mama bear’ thing I’ve done?  When you broke the elevator at Disneyland when the doors were closing before you could get in with us.  Steven said the same thing:-)

After interviewing and documenting all three of my kids’ responses, it’s interesting to see their various perspectives on things. Now, I think I need to make my homemade pizza. I need a vegan recipe for pizza and we’ll see if they like that version, too.

It’s your turn: What is the most interesting thing you learned about me through this ‘interview’? What do YOU want to be remembered for? If you have kids, what would they say about you? Please comment below!

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Tandy Elisala

Family Caregiver Coach, Cancer Empowerment Advocate and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness | Empowered Family Caregiver
Tandy Elisala is passionate about helping family caregivers go from being overwhelmed and stressed to empowered and calm. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. Tandy left her corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously while raising three kids as a single mom. She took care of both parents for 2 1/2 years until their respective deaths. Tandy now teaches what she learned on her journey. Tandy is a family caregiver coach, a multiple best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mom to three adult kids, one angel dog and one diva cat.

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7 replies
  1. Michele Christensen
    Michele Christensen says:

    How sweet! I love this idea, and I agree it’s a great way to create a legacy. I have a big online family tree at Geni.com that lets you post pictures, documents, media, links, history, stories, etc. and I love having it all online so that everyone can share the information.

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      That’s awesome, Michele! I’ll have to check out Geni.com. Some of our family members use ancestry.com. I”l check out Geni.


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