A short while after Master Oh Waily was born we decided to join in the long-term study, Growing Up in NZ. He is one of the seven thousand toddlers in their study database. Today was our two year old interview.
There is quite an interesting range of questions to answer. Each parent is interviewed, with a shorter one for Mr Oh Waily, and a long one for me. At the end of today’s interviews we also had Master Oh Waily participate in a couple of games involving building blocks and story telling / looking at pictures with him and I together. Master Oh was also weighed and his height measured.
The information that is gained from the telephone and face-to-face interviews is collated and, presumably the interesting statistical facts gleaned from them, is put out in reports for us all to read. The first report from the antenatal interviews is available now, while the next set are due out shortly.
I’m looking forward to seeing the next report as that is likely to be the first one in which records from our family’s interviews is included. It takes relatively little time, today being a little over two hours due to the arrival home of the Oh Waily children from daycare to find a stranger in their home. Not surprisingly they were very keen to find out more, thereby slowing and interrupting the interview process. But that is life with toddlers and preschoolers, so everyone just went with the flow.
Very nicely, we are thanked for our participation. Today Master Oh Waily gained a small bag of coloured wooden blocks which can be added to his birthday box of wooden blocks. We also were given a drawstring bag with a book, two small snacks, stickers and a couple of other items.
When Master Oh is about two and a half they will be in touch again. Most probably just by telephone. The next full interview is when he turns four.
In the meantime Master Oh Waily has grown up in New Zealand to be 90 centimetres tall and 15.4 kg heavy in his two and a bit years.
Today in history: 1916 – Walter Cronkite was born. (American journalist)
In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.
– Walter Cronkite