by: Betsy Franco
Original Release Date: September 25, 2012
Length: 338 pages
A journal for parents and children ages roughly four to ten (although age range is flexible) to share the evolution of thoughts, feelings, and dreams over the years. Also great for kids who want to keep a time capsule of their own whimsical thoughts and serious ideas about the world.
Inspired by the previous bestselling Potter Style title, Q&A a Day, this journal is the perfect family keepsake. A question by children’s author Betsy Franco is featured for each day with only a few lines provided for a response, making this journal the ultimate no-fuss record keeper. Simply turn to today’s date and record your child’s answer. When you finish the year, move on to the next section. As the years go by you’ll notice how your child’s answers evolve, sometimes silly, sometimes precocious, but always interesting. The diary can be started on any day of the year and makes a terrific keepsake or gift for parents.
My child is 9 years old, I realized this recently. He is 9. He is half way to adult hood. He was born yesterday, just yesterday it feels like. These 9 years have flown, the next 9 will be tomorrow and I want them to last a life time, because one day he’ll leave, grow up and start a family. I won’t see or talk to him everyday, so I want to hold on to memories.
This diary is something I saw originally on Pinterest and instantly bought it. It’s fantastic. We’ve only been doing it for a month, but my child insists that he will be exactly the same in 3 years. He enjoys answering the questions. Some are easier than others, some are silly, some show character. For example, “What snack does someone else have that you wish you did?” “If you could help kids in another country what would you do?” I’m paraphrasing from memory but these are questions that pinpoint what your kiddo is thinking in any given moment. Likes, dislikes, hopes, there are no wrong answers, there is only acceptance to his feelings. You come home from school or daycare or from a hard day of play and your child gets to express a part of himself. Answering a different question everyday for 3 years. A memento of his growth, something to hold on to. I’m feeling all sad because one day he’ll be an adult, and I know I’ll be grateful for this memento, plus his children will love seeing it one day.