Show your kids what you love about them with the i Like journal

We all love our children, and we know that our children are aware of our love by the attention that we pay them, the care that we give them, and the hugs and kisses that we shower upon them. But, do they truly know what we like about them?

Husband and wife Lance and Meredith Looney have created a cute journal-like book called the i like book which presents parents with an easy to use system in which to record and share with their children all those little things that they like about them. Organized with monthly sections, which you can label yourself (allowing for beginning use any month of the year!), with lines for parents’ to finish the sentence “I like…” each day. Along with helping parents bond with children and communicate with them through writing, it also serves as a personal gratitude book for parents. Between the months’ sections are fun quotes, short stories, places to paste in photos, play tic tac toe, and record longer thoughts and notes. It’s spiral binding is convenient since it will be opened again and again, and the plastic overlay cover is helpful, since this book will be getting daily use! (Which with kids translates to “getting dirty.”)

Personally, I am finding the the i like book helpful for use with my ten year old son, who definitely knows I love him, but may feel that I spend more time focused on correcting him than affirming him. As we sit together each evening to share my entries, I appreciate the opportunity and reminder to bring attention to the little things that I truly do like about my growing son.

We’re happy to be able to offer one copy of the i like book, in the winner’s choice of blue, green, pink or purple in today’s giveaway. Please leave a comment here to enter, U.S. residents only. Feel free to share what you like about your own child(ren)! We’ll announce the winner in this column on 11/15.

As a bonus, we also have been given a discount code to share with our 5 Minutes for Mom readers. Use the code “kids2010″ when you register on, and you’ll save 40%!

5 Minutes for Books contributing reviewer Dawn loves, and likes, her children so much that they make regular appearances on her blog, my thoughts exactly.


  1. Alison S. says

    I never get tired of watching my son’s face light up when he sees daddy. (Or mommy, depending on who he’s missed/hasn’t seen in a little while.)

  2. JRP4d86 says

    I love my daughter’s ability to make anyone and everyone around her smile. She has one of those faces that you can’t help but smile back at!! I would love a purple i Like Book!

  3. says

    Oh, what perfect timing to see this. I just had a convo with my 9 yo son. He wants a journal like on the diary of the wimpy kid and I was thinking I should write down more of what my wonderful child says. I would love the blue one since he is a boy. LOL

  4. Cindy says

    I like it that my senior son went with me to parent-teacher conferences, so I could hear his teachers say how much they liked him as a person and a as a student and he could brag on his 4.0 term GPA (first time since high school!). I was pleasantly surprised, not just by his grades, but how the teachers praised him up and down for how wonderful he is!!!

  5. says

    Love this idea! What I like can change from day to day; what a great idea to record it to share with them.

    (Today, I like that they went to sleep quickly–a rare occurrence!)

  6. Vilmarys says

    I like the way my daughter makes everyone smile even when she doesn’t know the person! I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. seena says

    i love having ‘conversations’ with my 14 month old daughter over the phone, when i am at work-complete with the ‘ahh’ and ‘ooohs’….sweet…

  8. says

    I have a blank journal I try to record cute sayings and things like that in, but it’s hard to remember all the time. What a cute idea this is!

  9. Dena says

    What a wonderful way to connect with your kids and let them know we really do LIKE them as well as LOVE them! Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!
    I LIKE Five Minutes for Mom!

  10. says

    I love the way my son always knows exactly what to say to make me smile and the way my baby daughter is turning into such a person with her own personality.

  11. says

    What a fun idea! Some of the things I like are my daughter’s laugh, the funny way she tilts her head, and how she grabs ahold of each side of my face to pull my head in for an eskimo kiss.

  12. jamie says

    OK this one is gonna sound odd but, “I am okay with the fact that my mom past away when I was very young because now being a mom myself it has reminded me to be thankful for my family and never forget to hug, kiss and tell them how much I love them and I like that!”

  13. says

    I love the way my son can see the good in everything and how much he appreciates the little things. And of course, I love that he still loves to snuggle and that he says the sweetest things out of the blue sometimes!


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