The Key Jar

I hope that you had a Happy Mother’s Day weekend, as I did.  There was lots of family time in the sunshine for us, and that suits me just perfectly.  I’m not at all about gifts and commercialism, in case you missed my ‘Gifts, and gifts, and gifts, oh my‘ post from awhile back.  I’m about thoughtfulness, and experiences, and time together; but I’d like to share the knock-your-socks-off present that made my day, and perhaps my year… cue the melodrama.

My children, who are now six and three, came home from Kindergarten and Preschool with handmade loveliness in the form of decorated flower pots, butterfly canvases, and Mother’s Day cards.  My husband added a sleep-in (I made it to 8:45am!), some fresh cut flowers (my fave!), and a homemade Whole30-approved brunch (today is Day 12 of my first Whole30, if you happen to be following along).  Brilliant.  I was a happy girl.  And then they gave me this:


This is a key jar.  The premise is simple: the jar is filled with questions- thoughtful, exploratory, insightful questions.  At family meals, we pull a ‘key’ from the jar and it unlocks beautiful conversation from our children’s hearts and minds.

But as wonderful as my husband is, and he really is wonderful, he did not come up with the key jar idea.  In fact, it is a brainchild from the Momastery website, written by Glennon Doyle Melton.   She writes:

“Getting to know ourselves and others is the greatest adventure.  We are explorers of ourselves and the people we love.  Love is the ongoing process of unlocking each other and keeping safe whatever we find.  Thoughtful questions are the keys we use to do the unlocking and safekeeping.”

Here’s my (unsolicited) advice:

  • If you have a child, you need a key jar.
  • If you know a child, you need to give them a key jar.
  • If you have a key jar, you need to treasure what it unlocks.

To make your very own, please find instructions by clicking here.

Happy Tuesday, my friends.