A Conversation Starter with Your Child (Book Review)

The Daily Question for You and Your Child: A 3-Year Spiritual Journey. WaterBrook, Colorado Springs, CO. 2018. 384 pages.

A blessing from the Lord. A foundation for the family built by the Lord. These truths from Psalm 127 highlight the gift children are from God and the priority of training them up in the way of God. This training takes time. It is with these things in mind WaterBrook has published The Daily Question for You and Your Child.

A Conversation and Keepsake

This book is designed as a journal that features 365 questions to answer each day for 3 years, answering the same question on the same particular day over a three-year period. The Daily Question for You and Your Child starts a conversation between the parent and child and also tracks the child’s growth over the three-year period. The questions featured in the journal make the resource ideal for younger kids, ideally preschool and elementary children. The journal is much more than a conversation starter, though. It is a keepsake for kids and their parents to treasure as they make childhood memories. The variety of questions covering topics such as family, friends, hobbies, and school underline the everyday nature of the journal. In a day and age where it is tempting to spend hours scrolling on your phone or surfing on social media, The Daily Question for You and Your Child encourages parents toward an intentional and interactive time with their child.

Lacking Spiritual Substance

While the everyday nature of the questions put forth in this journal is commendable, there is a central element of the journal found lacking. According to the journal’s subtitle, the resource is portrayed as a 3-year spiritual journey. Yet, out of the 365 questions, only 45 questions can be considered as pertaining to faith and spirituality. Even out of those 45 questions, many of them inquire how something makes the child feel. Less than 20 get to the heart of the foundation of biblical truth. While it is not wrong to ask a child how something makes them feel, a search for spirituality must be a search for biblical truth. To define the journal as a spiritual journey by its subtitle seems a bit misleading. Restructuring the title to where its emphasis is not specifically on spirituality would better reflect the content of the questions in the journal.

This critique of the journal’s subtitle does not discard the journal as a whole. Parents will certainly find The Daily Question for You and Your Child as a valuable resource to get to know their child and record their answers. If you are a parent who is looking to better interact and get to know your child, this journal is worth considering.

I received this book for free from WalterBrook & Multnomah as a member of their launch team program for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.

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