Last night I went to bookclub.
Bookclub is great because it gives me a reason to read, as in, “I really need to get this book finished before bookclub.” As in, “I’m sorry I didn’t do the dishes…”
Bookclub is great because it’s an opportunity for me to get out with a group of really awesome ladies and talk about whatever happens to come up. Sometimes that includes a book.
Last night I told them about the Mom & Me journals I am passing back and forth with my boys. And they were all, “I don’t get it.” And I realized that maybe we need to give a bit more of an explanation about the concept of Mom & Me journals and offer up some fun conversation starters.
What it is? An idea seen all over Pinterest. A journal/Q&A passed back and forth between mom and child. And then my words failed me. So today I went looking, and guess what? There is a book. It’s called Just Between Us: A No Stress No Rules Diary for Girls and Their Moms. And you can look inside. I highly recommend doing just that. Especially read the introduction. Really wonderful.
Something she said, “I love that we communicate a little differently when we write because we have time to think. My mind often wanders when I write, so I think I share even more than I do when we talk. It’s quite possible that she “hears” me better when I write. And, she’s braver when she writes…Sometimes writing and reading gives us just enough distance to be honest.” Love that.
My second son and I are currently in a discussion about what I can do instead of being mean. He brought it up. 🙂
I did a little search on great questions to ask kids to get the ball rolling + the words flowing. Here are some of my favorites:
- What kind of trophy would you like to win?
- What do you think makes a happy family?
- When you are angry how do you look?
- When are you happiest?
- What is the best birthday present you could receive?
- Invent a new kind of sandwich. Describe what’s on it and how you would make it.
- Imagine you have a hundred dollars, but you can’t keep it. Instead, you get to do something nice for someone else. What would you do?
- What are your favorite places in our city?
- What is the weather like today. What do you like about days like today?
- If you could have a party today, what would you celebrate? What would you do for the party?
- What is something you did today that you will also do tomorrow? Will you do it the same, or will you change something?
- Do a secret service for someone in our family and write me back about how it made you feel.
- What is something new you’d like to do. How can we make it happen?
- If you could decorate the whole house, what would it look like?
- If an orange is orange, why isn’t a lemon called a yellow or a lime called a green?
- What things do you like most about being a kid?
- What is the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen? What made it so awesome?
- If you could change one rule our family has, what would you change?
- What is the hardest thing about being a kid?
- What is something I always say to you?
- How are you and I the same?
- What are you really good at?
- What does love mean?
- What are you not so good at but would like to get better at? What can you do to get better?
- How are you like your dad?
And I loved this response from Jodi: I think I would ask some serious questions like “what makes you the happiest?” mixed in with easy questions like “what’s your favorite food?” and thoughtful questions like “what is truth?” and silly questions like “If I were faced with two boys who looked just like you, how would I know which one is really you and which one is an imposter?” It would be fun to see how their answers change over time.
And now, the giveaway…
We are giving away two Mom & Me journals. Click the image above to be taken to Mindy’s post and leave a comment telling us what questions you hope your kiddos will ask you, or what you would like to ask them. Winners will be announced Wednesday. May the odds be ever in your favor. 😉