Family Journaling—Have You Tried It?
by Patter Cross (Feb 3, 2011)
Have you ever been able to read a family member’s journal? Maybe a grandmother’s journal or even a great-grandmother’s journal? I can tell you it is such a blessing not only to read their words from so long ago but also to see their handwriting. I have been able to read several of my family members’ journals, and it has only convinced me that I need to do the same for the generations to come. Here you can see my grandmother’s journal and my great-grandmother’s journal. They are filled with treasures!
They certainly do not have to be fancy to be treasured by future generations. But what would make these family journals even more amazing? For me, that would be entries written by my dad, my mother, my aunts and uncles, etc. I think many of us have made journaling jars like mine below. Or maybe we have written our own journals, but have you done a journal written by all family members? I think it would be an amazing journal not only to share with each other but to have for future generations.
So with that little journaling twist in mind, I decided to come up with a journaling schedule and questions that the entire family can use to journal about in the same journal.
Monday—Mom’s journaling time
Tuesday—Dad’s journaling time
Wednesday—Daughter #1 journaling time
Thursday—Daughter #2 journaling time
Friday—Daughter #3 journaling time
Weekend—catch up for anyone that missed their journaling time this week
Journaling Questions (just a few)
Now those are just a few questions. You can certainly personalize your journal and come up with questions that are meaningful to your family. For instance, in my family, we have family time every night. I would love for each of the kids to journal about what family time means to them. Think of things that are unique to your family, and write about them.
I hope you have enjoyed this family journaling idea. Just think of what it will mean to your immediate family and the generations to come. Enjoy, and happy family journaling!
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