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

by 5 Minutes for Books

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.

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Creative2xmom November 1, 2010 at 12:37 am

I love my kids’ laughter.


2 Marni November 1, 2010 at 1:15 am

Oh! Oh! I’d love to win! Pick me! Pick me!


3 stacy November 1, 2010 at 1:49 am

I like my child’s sense of humor.


4 Holly November 1, 2010 at 8:28 am

I like the way my children make me appreciate the little things in life.


5 Alison S. November 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

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.)


6 Nanette ~ AMomBlog November 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

I’d love to win this is blue! I love my son’s strengths and his smile that lights up my world. (My daughter’s loving and kind heart mean the world to me too.)


7 Brandi November 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I like my daughter’s confidence! She’s just a toddler, but already so sure of herself!


8 JRP4d86 November 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

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!


9 nan lara November 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

i’d love this for my son
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10 Jessica T November 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

What a neat idea! Count me in!


11 Christina November 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm

This is a great idea, especially for those parents out there with tweens.


12 Jen B. November 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I love my children’s smiles!


13 Renuka November 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm

That is sucha neat idea…..totally loving it !


14 Ginny November 1, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I love both of my daughters senses of humor & love of dance. This is such a fun giveaway!


15 Christine November 1, 2010 at 11:42 pm

I love about my children humor, enthusiasm, high energy and the confidence in themselves.


16 Katie November 2, 2010 at 12:28 am

I like that my son blushes furiously when a little girl asks if she can be his boyfriend.


17 just sarah November 2, 2010 at 12:30 am

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


18 Cindy November 2, 2010 at 12:37 am

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!!!


19 RefreshMom November 2, 2010 at 1:18 am

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!)


20 Terra Heck November 2, 2010 at 6:07 am

I like different things about my kids. I like that my 12 yo son holds the door open for people and uses his manners. Thanks.


21 Vilmarys November 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

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!


22 Krissy & B.Inspired Vintage November 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

Such a clever idea! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I LIKE how my little ones remind me what’s important every day. :)


23 seena November 2, 2010 at 9:05 am

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…


24 Kara November 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

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!


25 Cynthia Mercado November 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I love my son’s innocent and fresh view of the world.


26 Lawanna November 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I’d love to win. what a neat way to share memories.


27 Lesley November 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I love how caring my children are. :)


28 LaVonne November 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I like when my daughter sings :)


29 Tonya November 2, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I really like my daughter’s confidence and sense of adventure.


30 Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl November 3, 2010 at 6:31 am

I’d love this! It would be great on days that are filled with discipline, if even for me to physically sit down and think about something good that happened during the day!


31 katklaw777 November 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

I like my daughters compassion and my sons quick wit, thanks.


32 Dena November 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

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!


33 Michelle November 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I love the kisses my daughter “hides” behind her neck.


34 Sarah November 4, 2010 at 10:34 am

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.


35 Katie November 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

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.


36 Suzi November 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

What a precious idea! I love every single thing about my girls!


37 Jen C November 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

We would love to have a blue one. What a great way to remember all the things I like about the kids, especially on days I don’t!


38 Jen C November 7, 2010 at 11:56 am

I’ve got your button!


39 Jen C November 7, 2010 at 11:57 am

I’m a newsletter subscriber


40 Rhonda Dick November 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Please enter me in the contest.


41 christy davis November 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

i love my kids happyness and everything about them!


42 christy davis November 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

i get your news letter :)


43 christy davis November 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm

i also like you on facebook


44 jamie November 9, 2010 at 11:36 am

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!”


45 Tia November 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I would love to win the blue or green one for my son.


46 Amy November 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I love making things for my kids to look @ when they are older.


47 Mozi Esmes Mommy November 10, 2010 at 7:19 am

I love my daughter’s eyelashes and her creativity and her negotiation skills…

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48 Staci A November 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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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