Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Book Review: From Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your Daughter

About the Book:

Do You Crave Deeper Conversation with Your Daughter?
Amid the flurry of family life, communication can become all about daily survival, leaving little room for the kind of talk that draws you and your daughter closer together. 

Are you looking for more opportunities for meaningful moments with your child? 

This unique conversation journal provides a simple, straightforward way to: 

  • ask questions to prompt important conversations with your daughter that might not otherwise occur
  • encourage her with positive words she can read over and over
  • connect with her—and not feel guilty for missing those opportunities
  • record her thoughts in a keepsake journal
  • learn what she has been thinking on a deeper level
  • mentor her as she learns to express herself through writing
  • journal your own thoughts—a great life habit you can start now

As you and your daughter pass this journal back and forth, you’ll experience connecting conversations, a renewed relationship and joy-filled journaling. Get started today!

My Thoughts:

What I love about journaling is that it requires still moments of contemplation and produces powerful insights. From Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your Daughter by Mark and Susan Merrill aims to create that type of experience between parent and daughter. It is easy to pass through a day, speaking and interacting, yet not communicating on a deep level. This journal is an invitation to take time to speak the important, life-giving words that are vital to a daughter's heart.

From Me to You is a cute, hardcover, conversation journal. It's a tad smaller than I expected, but has plenty of room to write down thoughts, draw pictures, or add in stickers. The response areas are unlined and the authors suggest being creative and having fun! The journal's target audiences are preteens and teens.

Many of the topics in From Me to You are thought-provoking, some are light-hearted and a few pages deal with difficult life realities such as bullying or drugs. Parents are encouraged to pick a topic relevant to the daughter's life and start writing! Going in order is not necessary. Here are a few examples of topics:
  • If you could ask God one question, what would you ask?
  • If we had ten days to go anywhere in the world together, I would want to go to...
  • If you could be one famous person, who would you like to be?
  • Name two of your strengths and two of your weaknesses.
  • Have you ever been bullied?
  • What is one mistake you have made that you would do differently if given the chance?

Lastly, I think From Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your Daughter by Mark and Susan Merrill would work well for fathers and daughters. I don't see any reason to limit it to mothers and daughters. Also, there is a companion journal for parents of sons: From Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your Son.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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