One of my favorite things about my family of 6 is that we talk to one another. The lines of communication are wide open partly because Jeff and I ask our kids a lot of questions during carpooling to swim practice, family dinners, and on family outings. Our kids are destined to have 2 things thrown at them: questions and a camera. As my oldest daughter told our neighbor, “That’s the price of being a Meyerson kid.”
The main purpose of these questions is to foster healthy relationships with my kids and challenge them to think about why they have their opinions and why they make the choices that they do. These questions are not meant to add to your to do list. You can simply ask these questions (not record the answers) and still get tremendous benefits from asking them.
Here is a list of 100 questions that we have asked or will ask the kids. We have 4 children ages 2, 8, 10, and 13. Obviously, I have to adjust a couple of the questions for our 2 year old but she is always part of the conversations.
Click here for a printable pdf or just click on the image below to enlarge and read the questions more easily. I would be thrilled for you to share this on pinterest, facebook, or twitter.
I hope you enjoy these questions and feel free to share with those you know. It makes me smile to think of families talking around the dinner table tonight enjoying one another and laughing.
So I have been recording the kids answers in various journals and minibooks over the years. Recently, I have started video taping their answers and uploading them to Youtube, burning them to CDs, and then including them in my PL albums. But when I saw Tracy’s video last week about Scan Life and using QR Codes with Project Life, I almost spit my iced tea out! I was beyond excited.
Edited: Here is my review of Scan Life. Reader Kara Monroe recommended using a free generator called Kaywa. I haven’t used it yet, but she says it works well. I’ll check it out.
After doing more research, I am disappointed in Scan Life as a memory keeping tool in its current state. Let me explain, as the concept of Scan Life is totally rad!
I’m an optimistic person so let’s start with the positive things about Scan Life:
–It’s extremely simple to use.
–The scanning function is fast and efficient. The best I’ve seen.
–You can resize the QR code as desired.
–The QR codes are scannable through the Project Life page protectors.
Before I tell you the limitations to Scan Life let me tell you what I envisioned. I want to document in a video format my kids’ answers to one question a week, plus I want to include videos of sporting events, musical recitals, and funny things they say or do. Overall, I envision including 3 videos a week for a grand estimated total of 156 videos in one year.
The website says you can scan 500 codes for free, BUT only 3 of those QR codes will be active at any one time with the free plan.
And yes, upgraded services are available.
For 5 active codes and 500 scans it costs $25/month.
For 20 active codes and 1,000 scans it costs $85/month.
And for more active codes, you must contact them for their Professional rate. And keep in mind that all of these upgraded plans require a minimum subscription of 6 months.
So I only need 156 scans but I want them all active. I’m afraid to find out what that would cost me. And then in addition, I want them to last forever. What’s the point of scanning them and including them in my album if most of them are going to be inactive? I at least can use my CDs for less than $1 each.
The idea behind Scan Life has great potential for memory keeping, but I do not like that they limit the number of active codes you can use. What puzzles me is the fact that Scan Life is not storing this information. The video can come from your personal website, Youtube, or Vimeo. Those sites are actually storing the information for free.
Perhaps I’m spoiled. My Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram accounts are all free. My information and pictures are stored at no cost to me. So it’s hard to justify a monthly fee for a limited service.
And before you ask…Yes, I would pay a moderate service fee if the service was for unlimited active codes.
In Scan Life’s defense, their product wasn’t designed for memory keepers/scrapbookers.
Hope you have a fabulous day. If you have any questions or other suggestions, I would love to hear from you.
Blessings sweet friends – JennyTweet