The Quiet Book

On a recent flight from Chicago to NJ with my husband and kids, I decided to take a low-tech approach to entertaining my 7-year-old daughter for the 1.5 hours we would share together in tight quarters. I took out a small Moleskine notebook and a pencil, wrote out a question on the first page and handed it to her. She silently read the question, wrote down her response and handed it back to me; this was the way it went for rest of the flight – we barely spoke a word to each other. The time passed rather quickly, we had some good laughs and she stretched her reading and writing skills. Since I’ve been back from that trip, I have reread our little “quiet book” several times. I will hold on to it and share it with her when she is older – it will be a happy memory of time we shared on a plane.

Family Chic

We filled the entire notebook with silly conversations, drawings and tic-tac-toe games.

Family Chic

Finding different ways to communicate with your kids can be fun.

Family Chic

You can pick up a 3-pack of small Moleskine notebooks at Blick and Target for a few dollars.


  1. Sara  April 25, 2012

    What a fun idea! My 6 year old daughter would love this!

  2. Courtney Drey  April 25, 2012

    What a great idea!! I will do this with Carter on the plane ride home to Chicago!
    Such a sweet keepsake.

    • camilla  April 26, 2012

      Yay! Love that you like this and that you’re planning a trip out here! We miss you! Love, C

  3. Heather  April 25, 2012

    I remember playing games like this with my mom when I was a child. Those are some of my most cherished family memories. I bet your daughter will feel the same someday too!

  4. decorbuddy  April 26, 2012

    I am not sure kids today know what those are. LOL

  5. catie  April 26, 2012

    i LOVE this idea!
    and i love the pared-down beauty of a moleskine notebook.
    pencil + paper, that’s where it’s at.

  6. Genevieve  May 3, 2012

    In it’s simplicity and it’s keepsake-ness (if that’s a word), this is a simply stunning idea. Well done super mum. That one’s a keeper.

  7. Michelle  May 6, 2012

    I love this idea so much! When you’re done “talking,” you’ve got such a precious keepsake too!