My Journal

(4 customer reviews)

$13.95


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A whimsical and charmingly illustrated journal designed to help your child explore his or her life in a fun and creative way. Full of great ideas to spark their thought process.

Guided prompts encourage introspection. You can collaborate with your child to complete their very first journal. A page or two at a time and before you know it they’ve created a true keepsake. One you and your child will treasure for years to come.

Children who acquire a habit of self reflection understand themselves better, have improved mental health, and emotional balance.

Description

A whimsical and charmingly illustrated journal designed to help your child explore his or her life in a fun and creative way. Full of great ideas to spark their thought process.

Guided prompts encourage introspection. You can collaborate with your child to complete their very first journal. A page or two at a time and before you know it they’ve created a true keepsake. One you and your child will treasure for years to come.

Children who acquire a habit of self reflection understand themselves better, have improved mental health, and emotional balance.

Do children really benefit from journaling?

Children who acquire the habit of self reflection understand themselves better, have improved mental health, and emotional balance. Studies show even physical well-being is enhanced. Other benefits include greater problem solving, decision making, and stress management.

How can I help my child like to journal?

Make it fun. Use varied materials. Crayons, special pens and pencils, and stickers add an extra level of engagement. At first you may want to schedule a once a week time slot, but do not insist they sit at a table or be in a certain area. Your child may enjoy being cozy in their bed or snuggling on the couch. Some children like to go to a special place where they will not be disturbed

How can I encourage my child to use a journal?

Let your children see that you enjoy journaling. Children learn more from what they see than what they are told. Occasionally share something in your journal that may catch their interest. A drawing, a photo, a design element which captures their attention can serve as inspiration for them.
Let them know the freedom of ‘inventive spelling’ This avoids blocking creativity and/or perfectionism tendencies. Let them know they do not necessarily have to write. They can use pictures, paintings, or colorings. Some children like to tape small trinkets inside their journal.

Is it better to have prompts or blank pages in a journal for children?

Having prompts is helpful for young children who are having their first journal experience. The blank-page / blank-mind syndrome can be bypassed. My experience has shown that children do indeed like direction and gentle parameters to keep their focus and give them a sense of accomplishment.

Does parental involvement help or hinder the process?

Initially parental involvement is helpful. Reluctant children can benefit from your collaboration to complete their first journal.
A page or two at a time and before you know it, they’ve created a true keepsake. One you and your child will treasure for years to come.

What happens after children work on their first journal?

After your child has experienced their first journal they can carry the blank pages into their next journal. Try different types of journals and make picking one either on line or in a store, an adventure for them.  Hopefully they develop a love of writing that will serve them in the future.

What about sharing and/or privacy?

Younger children may be more inclined that older to share what they have written. Allow children the opportunity to share if they so desire. Do not pressure them to do so. Honor your child’s privacy.

Children find a sense of safety and relief in their future wirings if they are given liberty to control their entries.  I am a proponent of buying a box with a key to store their journals. That, too, can be a special part of the journaling process.

Book Details

Published Year

2013

Page Count

64

ISBN

978-0-9895213-1-1

Author

Debra Alessandra

Reviews

4 reviews for My Journal

  1. Margaret

    Fun & inspiring. I wish every kid on the planet had an adult to sit with and write, share, learn and grow. Debra is extraordinary in tapping into a child’s heart! If you have someone in your life you can share this with…please do! Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Enlightening for adults ( big kids ) too. Great job Debra!

  2. Jaye S. Bryan

    What a charming invitation to inspire the gift of writing! As I previewed the pages, thumbing through the prompts and following the tenderness of the illustrations, I found myself reflecting back on my own childhood memories. I couldn’t wait to get started. As it turns out, the little writers in my world are thoroughly enjoying this special time together, exploring our hearts and imaginations!! A definite must for encouraging connection and instilling a love affair with one’s authenticity.

  3. Amazon Customer

    I purchased this journal for my granddaughter. She is finishing 2nd grade. She was very excited to have a place to think and write. She is very proud of her entries. For the most part, she tackles the prompts on her own. Occasionally she asks me questions to hear my response. I love when she shares what she is learning about herself. I salute the efforts of this author for bringing such an attractive and appealing journal for young children.

  4. peggypollice

    My Journal is a great way for children to express themselves and record their thoughts and feeling. The illustrations are adorable, and the content will guide your child to explore within. While I ordered this book for all the children in my family I myself worked it as it also spoke to “the child in me”. Great place to go within for a child or an adult who still nurtures their inner child.

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