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Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal Diary – September 25, 2012
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Betsy Franco is the author of multiple children's books including: A Curious Collection of Cats, A Dazzling Display of Dogs, Double Play, and Zero Is The Leaves On The Tree. She lives in Palo Alto.
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What do you hope for?
6 years old: I hope to be rich
7 years old: I hope to be happy tomorrow, and not a grump
What have you done lately that you're proud of?
6 years old: Went on an expedition all by myself
7 years old: Touched the bottom of the 8 feet deep section of the pool for the 1st time.
If you could buy anything what would you buy?
6 years old: thousands of dolls
7 years old: something that stops cancer or a My Little Pony mansion
What are you especially good at?
6 years old: Jumping. I can jump so high!
7 years old: Being awesome (ORLY?? ha)
Ok, enough, but let me tell you, this is a great springboard for conversations. I don't have to ask "tough" questions and get a shrug, or try to force an awkward discussion about "what did you do in school today" because it all comes out when I ask these questions and show that I'm accepting of every answer she gives. She has even said she didn't want to answer a question, and that was ok with me. It's still an answer, right? A question in this book is what raised the big red flag for me when she told me how bored she was in school, or that someone was stealing her pencils, or that a place called Cat Paradise exists, if only in her and her friends' minds.
Plus, my daughter loves this. It's special to her and she's special to me. I highly recommend it.
The format is comfortable, it's soft to the touch and the questions are fun and inspiring.
I plan to have a lot of fun with this journal. While it is actually a three year journal for the same child, I plan to use it one year for my three granddaughters who are sisters ages 7, 5, and 4. It is perfectly laid out with lines for three brief answers on each page for each day of the year. I am calling my granddaughters each day and asking each one of them the question of the day and writing each of their answers. It is a fun and sweet way to be in contact with them daily and have them share a piece of their hearts with me. Sometimes too much time goes by before we talk!!Their answers are precious. I just started this week, and if I stay consistent for the year I will purchase another journal next year with the same intent. There is a simple but sometimes deep question each day. Today's question was "What are you thankful for today?". A few more examples are "Describe something you would never change about yourself", "How have you helped your family this week?", "How do you feel when you look at the stars at night?", and "Is there someone who won't play with you? What's going on?". This journal is a thick paper, almost a cardboard, and is flexible, well bound and seems like it will be durable and withstand daily opening and using without coming unbound. You can purchase this anytime during the year and start with the current day. I anticipate this will be a blessing for me and the girlies!!
Sometimes my three-year-old listens in on the questions and and throw in a few words of her own for me to write down. That’s fun, but I wouldn’t buy this book for a child any younger than five. Some of the questions just don’t apply to children that young, and others will go over their heads. I highly recommend it to any parent of a child who’s 5+