sometimes i think i get so caught up in making it through the days, weeks, stages, phases, terms that i really miss opportunities to be intentional as a mother.
i can't remember where i first heard/read about the 'You & Me' notebook (our name for it) idea but it is a totally ace way to develop deeper relationships with your children before they hit the tween/teen years.
basically it's a notebook of short letters between a parent and child. (sometimes it's easier to ask awkward questions, express deep feelings, or discuss tricky school situations through writing isn't it?)
i gave this notebook to Jada when she turned 7 and already it is so special to look back over the notes we've shared these last few months. i use it to encourage her, to thank her for positive behaviours i have observed, or simply to let her know how special she is, and then i put it beside her bed for her to find when she wakes. if she likes, she will reply and leave it on my pillow for me :)
she pretty much loves it :)
(and so do i. just don't let me read over it on the eve of her wedding!!)