Do you journal? I just recently started up again. It is something I always enjoyed doing as a teenager but as I left the angst behind, I found I stopped writing down my thoughts and insights. As I’m growing older and my children are growing I’m being reminded of things from my youth and I want a record of those things that my kids can look back on someday when I am gone.
I think documenting life events and even the day-to-day grind is important. It is one way historians are able to piece together the past and I want to make sure I’m a part of that! I found Lil Blue Boo’s The Journal Project and that was the perfect jumping point for me. I’ve followed some of her prompts on days where I didn’t have much to say and it has been really fun for me. As I began this process my son became immediately interested, especially when I showed him my neighborhood map. We live in the same neighborhood that I grew up in so he took a lot of pleasure seeing what it looked like circa the 1990’s while I was growing up here. It inspired him to want to journal as well, so I created a spiral bound book out of computer paper and he got to work. As a first grader he is continuing to learn to read and write and this is a great activity to help him in that process.
It made me smile. It read:
Things what make me happy. Mom and Dad, My Familey.
Things wht mak me mad. Parents. Parents forcing (me to go to bed).
I decided to make up some journal prompts that I placed in a jar to help him pick a topic if he runs out of his own. I’ve made them available as a printable that you can print and cut out to make your own Journal Jar.
Do they already keep a journal?