Getting kids involved

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Mary Beth has a few suggestions on how to not only get the kids involved in journal writing but also to keep them engaged in the process.



One of the reasons we started the family journal was to engage all the kids in the writing of our journal. We did not want them to view it as a chore but rather something that would hold their interest and to realize that it was becoming a living representation of our family. That may sound corny, but when I look back on it, the journal became an insight into our children’s lives and helped them all connect with each other through the different stages of their lives.

Some ideas we used are:

  1. Keep the journal in the car and ask the kids to name one great thing that happened at school.

  2. Take the journal out to dinner and do family surveys while waiting for the food to arrive.

  3. Trace everyone’ s hands onto a page starting from the largest to the smallest. Make sure to date the page. We actually did this one the first page of our journal.

  4. Create a chart to keep track of height, weight, shoe size, clothing size etc.

These links may help you:’

and finally, a list of prompts for all kinds of kid journals:

Til next time,

Mary Beth

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