They write about ANYTHING they want – from funny things that happened at school, to questions about their science projects and information about their secret crush. Get ready to experience moments of their day that you would have missed and the small details of their lives you could have easily brushed aside. Your response will show your appreciation for them, to make sure they know that you love them. Validate their thoughts so they know they were heard and share bits of wisdom when a moment presents itself. These letters will create a place for you to communicate with each other frequently.
Keep It Fun: You don’t want this magic passageway to close up or disappear, so keep journal writing fun! Stephanie has the following suggestion that she implemented with her kids: “I decided I would let each of them pick one weeknight where they get to stay up 10-15 minutes passed bedtime and climb in my bed where we can write in our journals, together. It is amazing what a later bedtime does for a kid! They get to stay up while their siblings go to bed, and I get to spend some individual time with each of my kids learning more about them. It is a win-win!”
- Create a closer relationship with your child.
- Document their lives and capture their personalities
- Offer comfort and support when they may feel alone or scared
- Create a priceless piece of family history, a special keepsake to share with their future children.