Journaling as a family: Preserve every day

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Hello, Sealy! I’m Jordan, a current Houstonian by way of New Orleans. I moved to Texas about 12 years ago, shortly after Hurricane Katrina, where I was fortunate enough to meet my husband. We had a bit of a whirlwind romance, but nearly nine years later, we’re still making it work with our three little kids and two dogs.

After our third child was born, we decided it was time for me to stay home full time. As much as I love my family, I didn’t want to lose my identity to my mommy-hood completely, so I decided to rekindle an old flame – writing.

Writing gives me the chance to step away from tea parties and laundry, and I couldn’t be more excited that it’s brought me to the readership of Sealy.

My love of writing began when I was a little girl, and as soon as I knew how to string a few sentences together, I pleaded with my mother for a small sparkly lock-and-key journal, with a glitter pen. Since then I have yet to find a better outlet than with an open book, my favorite pen and a great cup of coffee. That little sparkle journal ignited a life-long passion for writing, and, now that I have children, it’s something I want to share with them.

There are lots of ways to journal with your kids, no matter what their age, and here are a few of my favorites.

Monthly

Having the time to journal daily would be fantastic, but if you’re a busy mom, like me, that may prove difficult. A good way to make sure you’re writing regularly is to take a few minutes at the end of every month to reflect with your kids on what happened. You can work together to tell the story, and you’ll end up with a great chronicle of your year together as a family. Don’t worry if monthly seems a bit daunting – you can always employ the same idea on birthdays and holidays.

Art journaling

I love to open up a blank book, get out their “special” pens, and let each child take a turn at doodling. My crew is still very young, and I love the range of drawings that end up in our book. As you flip through pages, you can watch their skills develop and their interests change. I’ve been able to see scribbles turn into dinosaurs, and dinosaurs turn into machines. Going through the pages ends up being a visual time capsule of their little worlds, and a beautiful keepsake.

No rules

All you need is a designated book, and then, whenever the mood strikes you, take a few minutes to wrangle up your kiddos and jot some things down. A few good conversation starters might be, “What’s your favorite book?” or “If you could be any animal what would you be?” Try, “What did you dream about last night?” Write down their answers, mark the date and have them sign it. Note: Watching their signatures progress from a squiggle to actual letters is one of my most favorite things to see in any family journal.

Moms or not, we lead busy lives in a fast-paced world. So often we’re bouncing from work to play dates to work at home. Journaling presses pause and gives us the chance to reflect and create. Not only do I genuinely enjoy the activity, but I also really love the outcome. I can only imagine the gift it will be in 20 years when I’m looking through our old books after milestone birthdays, graduations and weddings. 

Jordan Schupbach is a mother of three living in the Houston area. She blogs at www.lattesandliving.com - sharing the good, the bad and the frenzied. 

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