Why I Give My Children Their First Journal Before They Can Write and How I Use It:
If you have a young child or children in your home, it can be a great opportunity to start their first journal for them (it’s really for you too). This first journal does differ from other journals they may have later. First off, if they are very young, they don’t know how to write yet.
I give my children their first journal during their toddler years. This journal provides me with a space to write my favorite memories of them. I’m surprised by how fast little moments that don’t seem they’d be forgotten, often, do get forgotten.
How I use the journal?
I do most of the writing, I write:
- Stories about them that I don’t want to forget
- Words or phrases they are using
- What they’re like and their current interests (Also, if they’re old enough I can interview them and write their answers down).
- Additionally, it provides me with an opportunity to write what I love about them
Unlike my own personal journal, I don’t write as often in their journal as I write in my own. Not only does it provide me a space to write about their life, as they get a little older, they develop more of a desire to write (especially, as they see me writing). I’ll let them draw on a page or two. I want to encourage their enthusiasm to write, while, also, leaving more pages to write on.
Gradually, as they start learning to write, the journal eventually becomes more of theirs to write in. Also, I still write alongside them for a while, but it shifts more and more to their own personal journal.
While it is a great to have a record of them starting in their toddler years and I do suggest doing so, if possible. I realize that’s not possible for everyone. Start where you’re at. Write what you do remember.