A Journal for Grandparents and Grandchildren
Have you ever wished you had asked your grandparents more questions about their lives, their experiences, and their beliefs? I sure have! In looking for ideas for connecting with my own children (and future grandchildren), I want a memory journal that is easy to use, inexpensive (not too precious to risk ruining), and meaningful.
I often find that I am reluctant to write in memory books for fear of ‘messing up’. That’s the main reason I was drawn to this unique journal for sharing memories. It takes the intimidation away with its user-friendly journal format, for less than $15. However, it is still a beautiful book with lots of extra special touches.
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Sharing Stories, Making Memories: A Journal for Grandparents and Grandchildren is a memory journal by blogger Scarlet Paolicchi for one grandparent and one grandchild to work through together. It is different from many other grandparent memory albums that I’ve seen in a number of ways. It is smaller in size, and is a journal–not a scrapbook like other books of this type.
A Shared Journal for Growing Closer
This shared memory journal is meant to be a tool for developing a closer relationship with your grandchild through story-telling, rather than a complete memory album. There is no place for photos or memorabilia, but rather guided pages for writing down answers to prompts about favorite things, family, childhood and school memories, work, hopes, dreams, and more.
The idea behind Sharing Stories Making Memories is that the grandparent answers these prompts on one page, while the grandchild answers them on the facing page. The journal is passed back and forth over the years as memories are shared.
Because of the journaling format of this book, it is clearly intended for older kids to utilize with their grandparent. It is nicely printed, with pretty illustrations that don’t detract from the journaling areas. The paperback format and smaller size make it ideal for sharing without fear of ruining irreplaceable pictures or other important papers.
A place for gathering information…
I can see this memory journal being a starting point for gathering information and talking about the important things, while really getting to know more about each other. Just write. Isn’t that a wonderful idea?
I wish I had been able to discuss some of the included topics with my grandparents, and I hope to share them with my own grandchildren one day. I love the unique questions this book includes, that delve a little deeper into your core beliefs, hopes, and ideals.
The publisher provided a review copy of Sharing Stories Making Memories, but I was not required to write a review. These are my honest opinions.