What’s not to love about the holiday season? Folks are friendly, the mocha is peppermint, and the amount of time we have to spend with our friends and family seems to double. This is the time of the year that traditions are made, and extra energy is spent solidifying family bonds. It’s also the time of the year that my heart feels like it could burst with joy, and I’m prone to tears of happiness at any moment. What can I say? I’m a Christmas softie!
Since family is such an integral part of this season for many people, I’m excited to share some books that I recently discovered that encourage family togetherness. Papersalt is a company based in Seattle, Washington that creates “content to inspire and influence people”. If you know me even a little bit, you know they’re speaking my language right there! Everything about the company, from their products to their tagline, “Simple tools for families” promotes unity and love.
Papersalt’s books are different. They’re absolutely not your typical “coffee table” books. These are like interactive journals that inspire thoughtful conversation. Titles like “Dinner Table Manners: So That Kids Know Wherever They Have A Meal”, and “Take the Stairs: And 34 Other Ways To Be Healthy Every Day”, are great for the entire family or for individuals.
I had the opportunity to check out two of Papersalt’s books, We Do (Things the Family Stands For) and Being a Girl (The Things Mom Wants You to Remember). I was really impressed by both of them. In We Do, each of the pages reads like a mantra:”We do communication. We talk it out. We try again.”, “We do togetherness. We nurture our family structure.”, and, my favorite, “We do forced family fun…when we find we’re just sitting there.” The entire family could go through this book together, one page at a time, and discuss how they feel about each of the statements. There’s plenty of room to write reflections down, and the book is sturdy enough to keep coming back to in order to check in on the family’s progress.
Being a Girl is fabulous! Each page offers realistic advice that, quite frankly, is relevant to even older girls like myself. For example, “When someone tells you that you are beautiful, say thank you. Don’t roll your eyes, or say “no I’m not”. You truly are.” Whoa. I know, right? I have been able to find some great conversation starters for my own little girl from this book. Of course, the conversations will evolve as she gets older…and I’m looking forward to reading and re-reading this book with her throughout the years.
Check out more about Papersalt on their site, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter. If you hurry, you can use the code PSBlackFri to get 40% of off orders of $50 or more through the end of today. Don’t worry if you miss the sale, though, their products are very affordable at a range of $12.95 – $14.95. These books would make EXCELLENT gifts, especially for a family!
What are some of the ways that you engage YOUR family? Do you read books together? Eat dinner at the table every night? Share some of your family traditions in the comments!
*Disclosure – I received complimentary copies of books from Papersalt. I was not required to review them. All opinions are my own!