There are so many ways to preserve your kids’ experiences this summer, but here’s one that allows them to do some of the leg work! Veronica started a summer journal project with her kids and it’s a fun way for them to be involved in documenting their own memories.
Hello from Veronica in hot and muggy Tennessee, where summer is in full force! We’ve been out of school for two weeks now and my kids have quickly started to head into the “I’m bored” mode, so I’ve been looking for ideas that we can easily do in the comfort of our air conditioned home! I’m not a mom who “entertains” her kids all the time, so I also love ideas that encourage creative thinking and that are simple for them to do.
I have always loved writing in my journal and love going back and reading the things that I wrote as a little girl. I thought it would be fun to put together a summer journal project that my kids could work on. I’m also a believer in creating our own personal histories. My kids are awesome, funny and creative, and I want them to be able to look back and see what they were like as kids.
Just like any other mom, I’m busy. Even on days when I’m not busy…I’m busy. So I wanted to do something that was easy. You don’t need to buy anything. You don’t need to keep track of a journal. You just have to print a page out when you’re ready for them to work on it and file it away when they’re done. Tah-dahhhh!! Easy!
For my family, I created 5 fun pages of journal prompts. I’m including a blank one in today’s post you can use to create your own. On the blank ones you could have them draw a variety of different things including a self-portrait, a picture of their family, what their future home or car will look like, have them trace their hands, draw their favorite animal, etc. The sky’s the limit!!
As a mom, if you haven’t picked up a pen and started a journal, I would encourage you to. It’s one of those things I don’t think you’ll ever regret. Our personal histories are just that…they’re OUR PERSONAL history. No one else can write them for us. I actually haven’t written in mine for a while, but I think I just might get it out this summer, brush it off and start writing again! You can only put so much on Instagram, right?!
I hope everyone enjoys their summer! Love on your kiddos and enjoy every minute! See you next month!
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