Do You Crave Deeper Conversation with Your Son? 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 son 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 son that might not otherwise occur
- encourage him with positive words he can read over and over
- connect with him—and not feel guilty for missing those opportunities
- record his thoughts in a keepsake journal
- learn what he has been thinking on a deeper level
- mentor him as he learns to express herself through writing
- journal your own thoughts—a great life habit you can start now
|Publisher:||Harvest House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Mark Merrill is the founder and president of Family First, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people love their families well. He is also the host of Family Minute with Mark Merrill, a nationally syndicated daily radio program that reaches nearly 6 million listeners each day. He and his wife, Susan, live in Tampa, Florida and have five children. Susan Merrill is the founder of iMom, an organization dedicated to inspiring moms to love their families well. She is also the author of The Passionate Mom and coauthor, with her husband, Mark, of Lists to Love By for Busy Wives and Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands. Susan and Mark live in Tampa, Florida and have five children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I recently reviewed the book called "From Me to You" by Mark and Susan Merrill. Do you have trouble having conversations with your son or daughter? This book may be just the thing you need to help open up conversation. It is a book of questions with space for you to write an answer and your child to answer on the opposite page. The idea is that you pick a question...you can choose to go in order or just pick a random one....answer it, and then leave it on your child's pillow. They answer the question and return the book to your pillow. There is no right or wrong way to do this activity, just whatever works for your family as far as if it is a daily activity or once a week. There is a great variety of questions included. A few of them are: Name two of your strengths and two of your weaknesses. This year, I would like to break the habit of... I am amazed at how much you know about... What is one thing you admire about each person in our family? As you can see some of them are more difficult to answer and require deeper thought. This will be a great way to keep communications line open between parents and child. There is a boy version (shown above) as well as a girl version to do with your daughter. If you have a preteen or teen, I would suggest trying out this conversation journal. I received a copy of these books for my honest review from the publisher. Thank you!
“It provides a way for you to share positive words of encouragement your son can read over and over,” Mark and Susan Merrill write in the introduction of their book, From Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your Son. ~ What ~ This three-hundred-and-four-page small hardbound targets parents looking for a new way to communicate with their children by sharing a journal. Geared toward understanding through written conversations, children ages five to fifteen years old may benefit, although any aged reader may find it interesting and creative. After instructions to parents that can be torn out of the book (it mentions to do this, but one page would remove the first question), included are almost one-hundred-and-fifty questions for a parent and son to randomly answer in their own words. The question is on the left side of the page with a spot for the parent to answer, and the corresponding page is for the child to fill out. It is suggested for the parent to write their experiences, memories, or encouragements and put the book on the son’s pillow for him to read, ponder, and respond. The process is meant to promote dialogue through one’s point of view, listening, and even laughter. ~ Why ~ This is an ideal way for a parent and his or her son can get to know one another without talking. I like the concept to share without judging via a different way to learn about one another. Here are some of the questions asked to both the parent and child: My best friends are … and I like them because … I was really proud of you when you … My favorite picture of us is … because … What do you think heaven will be like? Who is the meanest kid at school? Who is the nicest? Who needs a friend? ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like to journal may not want to spend the time and effort with this book as it is shared with one another. Depending on the child’s maturity level, young ones may not understand some of the concepts while older ones may feel embarrassed answering them. There are no questions about God and only one I could find about Heaven. I found some of the questions hard to answer by an adult who may not want to tell their child the answer, but I think the book is centered around the child, not the parent, so could be circumvented. ~ Wish ~ I wish a suggested age was listed online to make sure the book would be appropriate for a specific group. A few of the questions may not be able to be answered in the limited space given. Having lines to write on might be considered for some writers. Attaching a ribbon marker would be helpful so the child would know where the parent last wrote. I wish there were questions about God and how important it is to believe and trust in Him. ~ Want ~ Knowing some children love journaling and being asked questions about their day, what they think, and how they feel, this would be a fun parent/son project both would enjoy as they learn more about each other. Thanks to Harvest House for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Absolutely LOVE this journal! Such an amazing way to connect with my son in an intentional way. The questions are fun & meaningful & important. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book & experience with your child or children!!!