For my children

Lucy Pearce reviews For my children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom by Dionna Ford

Becoming a mama myself has made me see my mother in an entirely new light: she is not only nurturer and friend; she is also a woman with a whole lifetime of experiences and dreams I’ve never heard about. Dionna Ford

So many of us have found that our understanding of our mothers undergoes a radical shift when we become mothers ourselves. This sweet little book from Dionna Ford of the blog Code Name:Mama, and co-founder of the Natural Parents Network, is a book of prompts. An illustrated hardback book the size of a journal, it is filled with calls to write, jot notes, to rekindle memories and share wisdom. It embraces the wholeness of a mother, in a format that asks that she reflect on her wealth of experience, and pass it on.

Prompts include:

“If life had a rewind button what moments would you like to relive?”

“What other names did you consider for your children?”

“What made you fall for the love of your life?”

“What is some of the craziest parenting advice you ever received?”

It would be a meaningful gift for new mothers, or your own mother or grandmother so that her rich uniqueness is not lost to those who hold her dearest.

 

Lucy Pearce blogs at http://www.dreamingaloud.net/

For my children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom by Dionna Ford, Ulysses Press, 2012