On our children’s birthdays, I interview them, asking them the same set of questions each year. This allows us to see how they’re changing and if they have interests that remain the same. I call these the Birthday Interviews.

Lauren Bissett Fisher and Brioni Elise Fisher, August 2014
Brioni's eight, and I'm 37. We're staying with friends in Melbourne, Victoria.

What are you going to do when you grow up?
I’m going to live in a treehouse.

What’s that going to be like?
Really fun! I’m going to have a pet dog and a pet horse. I want to have the horse because I don’t want to have a car.

What are your favourite toys?
My wolf toy, my creeper and my seal.

Who are your best friends?
Satria and Tali.

What makes you happy?
Shadow [her pet rat].

What makes you sad?
I don’t know.

When you dream at night, what do you dream about? Can you remember any of your dreams?
Shadow having babies.

What do you like to do with Lauren?
Play silly games.

What’s your favourite colour?
Black.

What’s your favourite book?
Billie B Brown.

What does Lauren do during the day?
Well, she plans all our trips.

What do you do during the day?
Play!

What do you want to learn or do or visit before your next birthday?
I want to see snow, and I want to learn how to read more.

Want to see how she’s changed (or not)? You can read Brioni’s interviews when she turned seven, six, five, four and three. (You can access the rest of our girls’ birthday interviews here.)