Book club helps moms, daughters to bond

2017-10-31 06:00
Jacqueline Edmiston with her daughter Sarah are running the book club so that mothers and daughters can connect. PHOTO: TIYESE jERANJI

Jacqueline Edmiston with her daughter Sarah are running the book club so that mothers and daughters can connect. PHOTO: TIYESE jERANJI

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A mother of two from Bergvliet is running a book club from her home to connect mothers and their daughters.

The Bookworm book club was started in July. Jacqueline Edmiston says her aim is to provide a space where her daughter can connect with other girls and for mothers to spend the time with their daughters.

“I want this book club to help mothers bond with their daughters. Our children are growing up so fast and we don’t know them well enough. We want time to just be intimate and be with our children, get to know them. Books open up the door for us to think in a different way. From reading we can have a conversation and we can talk about a lot of things, basing them on what we have read. We can learn a lot through that,” she says.

“Since we started the book club the response has been amazing and people like the idea. It’s social. Each family contributes a small amount to the kitty to buy new books each month. If they decide to leave the book club, the books they bought are theirs. We meet at my house and share a meal while the girls connect and chat about the latest books they’ve enjoyed,” she says.

The club meets every last Thursday of the month from 18:00 to 19:30. It is open to girls between the ages of 10 and 12 from all over.

“Based on the ‘A Mighty Girl’ book club concept, her idea is to read books in which girls are heros. We want books in which girls and women are the star characters rather than simply serving as sidekicks or damsels in distress. Where girls are the ones saving the day, going on the adventure, finding the cure or perhaps just successfully navigating middle school. We want books that honour girls and their diverse capabilities and interests,” she says.

Her daughter Sarah (11) has read more than 50 books.

“I really love reading and we thought this would be a good idea to meet other people as well and learn from them. I don’t really have a lot of friends and this will help me connect with other people. I read a lot and I learn a lot from reading so I want others to enjoy it as much as I do,” she says.

Edmiston says apart from mothers connecting with their daughters reading is a good thing.

“It gives you the time alone and increases your vocabulary, you experience things in a different way and you can have an open discussion. So we hope this will also help girls to love reading,” she says.V For more information email jacqueline@­


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