I don’t know about you, but when I start thinking about what to get my daughter for Christmas, along with the requisite toys and treats, I want to find something a little more lasting. She’s still pretty little, but it feels important to me to show her that Christmas isn’t just about the ephemeral, but the lasting relationships we build.
That’s why I was really charmed by the I Like Books. Created by Meredith Looney, a mom from Parker (I also like that I can support a local business!), the I Like Books for Kids are like a year-long journal parents keep for their kids. Each book has space for just a sentence or two every day for a parent to write down what they like about their children. Imagine the impact that could have on a kid having a rough day, or a child with low self-esteem. Imagine how wonderful that will be years from now when grown children read what their parents noticed about them on a day-to-day basis so many years ago.
I like that it’s low stress: If you want to write every day, you can, but there’s only room for a sentence or two, so you don’t have to spend hours composing and transcribing your thoughts. But if you don’t want to write every day, the book works just as well, even if you’re only writing once a week.
There’s also space for older kids to write their own thoughts and dreams—or just doodle and play tic-tac-toe. I met one mom who switches off with her husband, each of them filling in something every night for one of their two daughters.
The books come in a variety of colors, and there are now versions for couples and for women.