As Mother’s Day (and soon Father’s Day) approaches, so does the thought of “what to get for mom/dad.” I thought I’d let you know about a different sort of gift that we do at home. We have a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day “journal” that we keep. Each year, before the holiday, we get the kids to write a note in this journal for mom or dad. Our kids are only four years old right now, and we started this about two years ago, so the “note” right now is a handprint, scribbles, stickers, or whatever they are liking at the time. Then we date it and the kids present it to mom/dad on the actual holiday.
Before Mother’s Day, Dad gets with the kids and helps them “write” their note. He also takes the kids to pick out new stickers and such so that they can participate in the whole experience. Last year, since the kids could spell and write their names, I had shiny, sparkly stickers from my daughter and son who had proudly spelled out their names in the journal. In addition to the names were hand-drawn circles, sky, “animals,” and stickers of all sorts—frogs, bugs, hearts, butterflies, I heart Mom, Mom’s the Best, and so on.
For Father’s Day, it’s my turn to help the kids pick out stickers and ideas, and we repeat the process. Fun stickers included stars, hearts, “My Dad,” “I love you,” etc.
We decided to do this each year instead of cards, so that it turns into a special keepsake for us. As the kids grow older and write more, I look forward to seeing the messages and notes they leave for us.
The kids enjoy doing it, it teaches them to write and also instills an important lesson about why we are really celebrating these holidays—family!