940 Saturdays: Family Activities and a Keepsake Journal By: Harley A. Rotbart, MD

Did you know that there are 940 Saturdays from the time your child is born until he or she turns eighteen?  I sure didn’t.  But apparently, Dr. Rotbart did.


When I was first checking out 940 Saturdays, it really wasn’t what I was expecting.  I was thinking that it would essentially be a journal with cute ideas to try written in the margins.  Or a book of ideas that you jot down memories as you complete the activities. 940 Saturdays is a blank journal that you fill out for each Saturday in your child’s life.  Since my youngest just turned one not too long ago, I decided to start with his birthday party.  More so because I have a terrible memory than anything else.  Plus, I am using the book for both kids.  I used my phone’s calendar to jot down what we did each Saturday and I plan on going back and writing a few memories on each section.


I like that it’s completely blank and that you customize the dates.  It gives the reader the feel that they are in control of how the journal turns out.  You could hand write all the entries or you could sketch something under the date.  I think I will add photos or some little memorabilia to certain dates too.  It’s a hardcover so it will last and it has a built-in bookmark too so you can easily find where you left off.

The little Family Activities book is tucked into the back cover, inside a little envelope.  It’s a nice touch and it helps keep them together. The activities are categorized and then it lists various ideas for each age group.  I think this is a great since you can revisit each task if you want and try different things as your kids age.  Plus, when my kids get older, they can write the entries instead of me.  That way it feels more like a family journal.  I can’t wait to get started on all our future adventures.  I recommend this journal to any family that loves to document all the fun they have.  940 Saturdays is a great family activity in itself!  I am looking forward to filling it up as the years go by.

Is this something your family would enjoy?  Do you plan trips or try to do something special every weekend?

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.  All comments and/or opinions are my own. 

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