As a mom, I haven’t found myself sad about my kids getting older, but I do worry I will forget all the details of our days. I love the stories of the funny things they say and do. I want to point them to Jesus when they open their hearts and minds to me. I want to measure their growth on more than a doorframe.
They have baby books, binders with school papers, books that document each school year, and birthday books we fill out each year. I take many pictures that end up online and in scrapbooks. I share some of their childhood on my blog and have ongoing notes on my phone so I can remember their words.
Documenting life is important to me because
I want to remember what God has done.
“Questions & Answers for Kids” is a fabulous addition to the collection of tools to capture the everyday moments of my kids’ childhoods. It’s 365-day journal with questions for each day and space to answer them each for three years. The questions prompt conversations and I love jotting down their answers. Then we’ll get to look at it again next year and the year after that.
The timing is good for this multi-year documentation. I started my own five-year journal this year that has space to write a sentence a day. This is a fun kid-version of that same idea, and I’m thrilled to have it.
Questions include both serious and silly prompts: What’s the difference between a mistake and a bad choice? What qualities are in a true friend? What animal makes the coolest noise? What is the worst smell in the world?
“If you were given three wishes, what would they be?” was a question that prompted answers of material things from my 8-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl. Ben talked about Nerf guns, Lego sets, and money while Cate stuck with her love of horses. But the scripture from John 15:7 at the bottom gave me pause: “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Well, God isn’t a genie. He certainly cares about the desires of our hearts (as simple as they may be), but He cares more about our souls. His plan for our lives doesn’t always involve exactly what we think we want, but He gives gifts that surpass anything we can imagine as we live in His will.
So, you know, a simple question about wishes can lead to a more meaningful conversation – and I’ll take that anytime, especially with my kids! Although I will say the other scriptures I’ve read seem to be much more in sync with the context as well as God’s truth.
My kids aren’t surprised when I ask them questions or document their lives. I really do believe one day they’ll be grateful to be able to look back on their own lives and see what God did right in the middle of our ordinary days.
Plus then I can remember these the ordinary days that reflect God’s glory.
About the book
“Questions and Answers for Kids” is a journal that provides a unique way to gather your family to intentionally grow together. This little book will serve your family well as a place to meet together daily to talk about both the silly and the serious and document it along the way.
Together you and your kids will be able to visit the same question on the same day for three years and watch how your child’s thoughts about life and the world change. Each question is also partnered with an encouraging verse from the Bible that will help point your family together to what the word of God says about the serious and the funny. This is a priceless way to get to know your child and help guide them in following Jesus.
This hardback, 370-page journal is published by Freely Give Co. (Feb. 18, 2018). Author Scott Bowen is a dad who wanted to write some conversation-starter questions for his son.
Freely Give Company is driven by its love of creativity and curating beautiful and unique gift boxes that bring hope, encouragement, and joy to families, friends, and loved ones. Find this book at Freely Give or on Amazon.
I alluded to other books and journals I use to document my life and my kids’ lives. Here are links to those, if you’re interested …
- “Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake Journal”
- “School Years Record Book”
- “One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book“
- Project Life app for scrapbooking
Now, tell me, if documenting life is important to you, how do you do it?