Our family has a tradition of keeping a yearly journal. At the beginning of every year, the kids and I decorate a basic composition book with magazine cut-outs, stickers, and other randomness. Throughout the year the kids, husband (sometimes) and I write messages, draw pictures, note events, glue funny pictures/cartoons we find in magazines, press leaf prints from hikes, and tape on paper souvenirs from places we've been. At the end of each year, it's fun for us to look back at this yearbook of sorts and reflect on the journey. I look forward to seeing how the message from the kids develop as they grow older - I am sure there will be some interesting entries!
I highly recommend keeping a family journal for a variety of reasons. In addition to the documentation of memories, it will help kids develop creative and written expression, foster a sense of bonding with other family members, will help them explore varying perspectives, help develop confidence in writing, assists in the development of language, encourages creative thinking and provides an emotional outlet. The benefits of journaling are many. These family journal keepsakes are something we will cherish for years to come.
This post contributed by Amy Maslow