I don’t think it’s any secret that I love journals, particularly ones that cause make me do work – lists, gratitude, know yourself.
So I suppose it’s no surprise that I am absolutely loving Between Mom and Me, A Mother & Son Keepsake Journal by Katie Clemons ($21.50, Raincoast Books, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky). Not only does it make me do the work, but it also makes my son do work as well.
The journal is for mothers and sons with most pages offering a spot for me to write to a prompt and then my son to write either his own answers to the same question or in response to what I wrote. Both are equally fun and interesting to read. Apparently what I say often at night is good night and go to sleep. The first thing my son says in the morning is whether it’s the weekend or a snow day.
We have found out what each other thinks about kindness, equality and what we admire most about each other.
We usually write every night before going to bed. I will write my answer and read it to him and he will write his and read it to me. Sometimes we talk about it, other times we give thanks to each other and move on to the next entry, sometimes doing several in a night.
There are lists – books we are reading, favourite places to visit – as well as spots to include a picture of the two of us.
The only thing I don’t like about this journal is that the pages are thin and ink leaks through to the other side. There are a couple of pictures we could colour, but unless we used crayons, I don’t think we will do so.
This journal is such a wonderful why to connect after long days and will be a great keepsake to look back on.
A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.