I always get excited when I discover a unique item that I can gift my mom with. She is so special and does so much for me. With Mother's Day around the corner I have been stressing over finding a “worthy” gift.
Dionna Ford of Code Name Mama fame saved my hide this year! Not only has she created an unforgettable gift for mothers but she has created something that will be passed down to me and then to Tiny as a piece of our family history.
For My Children: A Mother's Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom is an easy-to-follow and heartfelt journal for moms to pass down their life story and joy of motherhood to their children.
Beautifully designed and illustrated, this perfect gift contains creative prompts that spark Mom's recollections of fun family vacations, favorite childhood games, and special holidays. The thought-provoking queries allow Mom to delve into her own lifetime of experiences — her childhood and school years, falling in love and getting married, and, most of all, having and raising children. This collection of fill-in-the-blank lists is the easiest way for a mother to record on paper answers to the questions her children never thought to ask but will love to discover. It covers the little things no one wants to lose as well as the deepest subjects like the wisdom she has gained over the years, the goals she has achieved in her life, and the dreams that remain unfulfilled.
There are all kinds of different mother's journals on the market. I know because I tried to find one to give to my mom shortly after Tiny was born. I never really found a journal that spoke to me. They were all pretty generic and were focused more on motherhood. I really wanted something that my mom could use to share memories about her own childhood, her family, our family, her life experiences, her hopes, her dreams, and so on. Sure, motherhood needed to be a part of this but there needed to be more.
For My Children not only met my expectations but truly is something above and beyond what I had hoped to find. I absolutely cannot wait for my mom to pass this down to me one day. After reading through the prompts, I realized that there is just so much that I do not know about my own mom! How sad is that? Not only should I learn as much as I can about my mom for myself but also so that I can share as much as possible with Tiny as she grows.
Some of my most favorite prompts focus on how my mom experienced and viewed her own childhood and what she loved most and disliked most growing up. I really do not know that much about my mom as a little one. I also love the prompts that allow my mom to explore how she finds happiness in life, what dreams she fulfilled and which ones she still hopes to attain.
There are seven distinct sections with over 150 prompts. The sections include:
- Family and Home
- Life Wisdom and Wishes
- Love and Relationships (love this entire section!)
- You In The World
- On Being You
This simple, yet elegant memoir is something that can be cherished by generation after generation. I am purchasing one of my own to pass down to Tiny. Heck – I might even purchase one to present Tiny with someday so that she can pass it down to her children (if she has any). Never in a million years would I have thought to write down my memories about half of what is contained in the prompts in For My Children. “If you had to compare your family members to fictional characters, who would they be?” I simply would not have thought to do that on my own! But what a fun idea.
Yes, Dionna is a friend through the Natural Parents Network, and yes, she generously gave me a review copy of For My Children, but even if she didn't I would have purchased a copy anyway. And I would have still sung it's praises far and wide!
If you are unsure of what to give your Mom this Mother's Day, I encourage you to order a copy of For My Children ASAP! Already have your mom covered? Order a copy anyway and surprise her with it on some random day. Trust me, you will WANT these memories to pour over one day.
How would you like to win your very own copy of For My Children? Well, you can!
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This giveaway opens today, May 2, 2012 and closes May 9, 2012 at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be selected via random.org. I will email you and you will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected.
Dionna is a lawyer turned work at home mama of two amazing kids, Kieran and Ailia. You can normally find Dionna over at Code Name: Mama where she shares information, resources, and her thoughts on natural parenting and life with little ones. She is also cofounder of Natural Parents Network – a thriving website and community of natural-minded families, and NursingFreedom.org – a site dedicated to normalizing breastfeeding.