Did your kids have a Baby’s First Year calendar where you wrote down all the important milestones and fun things you did with them? I had them for my kids and loved using them. Even more, I loved going back and reading all the fun things we did together. It’s a shame to only do it for the first year of life when so many spectacular things are yet to come. I had the opportunity to review the I Like Book for kids and revived the fun I had documenting all the cool things about my daughter. (Of course now I have to get one for my son, too. Keep it even, Mommy.)
The I Like Book actually comes in three versions: kids, women, and couples. And it’s a really simple concept but has an awesome effect. The pages are filled with incomplete sentences: “I like…..” You fill in the blank. Yup, it’s that easy. You just write down things that you like about your kids, your partner, or a friend. Maybe even things that you like about your self. Give that old self-esteem a jolt, huh?! There are a few pages in the kids’ books for your child to color a picture or write a bit themselves.
I chose to review the pink kids’ book to write down all the things I like about my little girl. The list is endless, but writing it down is so much more meaningful to both of us. She loves to read all the things I like about her. I even pass the book off to Grammie when she comes to visit and pass the pen off to Daddy once in a while to get him to join in. And when my daughter sees me with the book she asks, with a sweet little smile on her face, if I’m going to write down some things I like about her. Too darn cute.
The pages have a blank space for the month at the top and then “I like….” spaces for days 1-31. So you get a spot to write each day for each month. Ideally you’d have a full book in one year. Of course ideally never quite works for me. I got behind with daily entries and would beat myself up about it and try to catch up. Finally I decided I could let myself off the hook. After all, this book is about feeling good, not guilty. So to heck with the dates. I write in it any time I think of it. Sometimes that’s a few times a day, sometimes it’s once in a week. If there were one thing I could change about the book it would be to get rid of the months and numbered days. If you’re good with daily routine it wouldn’t be a problem. But if you’re a scatterbrain like yours truly you might find it challenging to keep up. Then you do what I did and just enjoy the spirit of the book and don’t worry about the dates. No biggie.
The I Like Book is such a sweet, simple way to boost a child’s self esteem. Who doesn’t like hearing all the things people like about them? I think the book for couples would be a great way to stay connected to your partner. Don’t we all struggle to keep all those things we love about each other at the forefront in the midst of the daily hustle and bustle? These books are a great reminder to focus on the positive, a reminder about how the simplest of words can lift a spirit. It’s so easy to write a sentence every day or two and so meaningful to your kids. I imagine my daughter reading this book when she’s older with a big ‘ole smile on her face.
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