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Shared Parent-Child Journal Activity Outline

Posted on: May 25, 2010

               Shared Parent-Child Journaling Activity
               By Joel Schoenberg
               There are four simple steps to this shared
               self-esteem building journaling activity. The
               steps to this exciting journaling method are:
               1. Schedule a specific block of time for you
               and your child to spend some time together
               without interruption.  A minimum of ten
               minutes is highly recommended.
               2. On a sheet a paper or in a special journal
               book, list three qualities, traits or talents
               that you admire about your precious child and
               record them on the first journal page. (See
               list of suggested qualities, traits and
               talents below)
               3. Now it’s your child’s turn to pick
               three qualities, traits or talents that
               she admires about you. Record what she says
               about you on the same journal page where
               you recorded what you admired about your
               (Special Note: For steps 2 and 3, try to pick
               new qualities, traits and talents each time
               and not to repeat any choices that have
               already been used.)
               4. Journal together using creative journaling.
               Write, draw, cut and paste and get creative
               in journaling together.  Remember, this
               activity is about co-creation and co-
               operativly journaling with your child.
               The shared and the creative expression
               aspects of this journaling activity are what
               make this journaling method so fun,
               enjoyable and powerful for both you and
               your child. 
               To help you and your child along in your
               creative journaling adverture there’s a list
               of 25 creative journaling ideas below.  Here
               is a list of my very favorite ways to make
               journal keeping more enjoyable, personal,
               creative & fun:
               –  Summarize your journaling experience
               with each other in less than 20 words.
               –  Write one word across the journal page
               that best describes your jouranling
               –  Use markers, paints, crayons or colored
               pencils to add flair to your journal pages.
               –  Draw a picture.
               –  Cut and paste pictures from magazines or
               newspapers, or download and print pictures
               from the Internet and paste them onto your
               journal page. Or, paste your favorite photos
               onto your journal page.      
               Jill Schoenberg is the author of the award
               winning books:
               Journal Buddies: A Girl’s Journal for Sharing and
               Celebrating Magnificence and Journal Buddies:
               A Boys Journal for Discovering and Sharing
               Please visit for more
               information about Jill and her books.


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