What do you get for the kid who has everything? How about a precious, historical memento they can cherish forever? Storycatcher Katie Clemons’ Between Mom and Me Mother Son Journal and Love Mom and Me Mother Daughter Journal offer a lighthearted, powerful gateway to a deeper relationship with your children. My daughter and I have been writing letters to each other in a journal back and forth at bedttime for close to a year now. It’s a great way to reflect on the day, offer encouragement for tomorrow, and wake up to a loving note. Our journals have been blank, which sometimes leads to drawing a blank on what to write. One of the many things I love about Clemons’ journals is that they provide prompts to alleviate that panicked staring at a blank page — for kids (and parents) who may express themselves better in doodles, drawings and via the written word more so than in face-to-face conversation.

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In addition to being destined to become a treasured childhood keepsake, Katie Clemons’ journals offer a laid back way to bond with your son or daughter and learn more about each other on a deeper level. We’ve all been given the pat responses after asking how our child’s school day went — “fine” — or what did you do today while out — “nothing.” These journals offer keys to unlock your child’s inner thoughts and experiences that they may never share otherwise. Clemons offers of her bonding journals, “these stories will always connect the two of you, and capture this sacred time in your lives.” Prompts range from casual musings about your child’s favorite sport, to helping gain a deeper understanding of deceased relatives your child may not have had the opportunity to meet. There are also pages for kids to write about the adventures they’d like to take together, goals they’d like to achieve, and accomplishments they are proud of. Even if your child isn’t a fan of writing, the way the journals are designed make it a fun endeavor, and there are plenty of opportunities to use drawing as a form of expression as well.

Most kids bedrooms are overflowing with too much “stuff,” and these journals would make a perfect holiday gift that keeps on giving without adding to the toy pile. They’ll also be treasured for a lifetime.

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+ Between Mom and Me: Mother Son Journal $12.10

+ Love, Mom and Me: Mother Daughter Journal $15.85