In one-week this mother-daughter journal has already changed my relationship with my daughter.I stumbled upon Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms on Amazon last month while doing some shopping.
The point is to really slow down and show your daughter your commitment to her and your relationship. Perhaps the most important aspect of the book to discuss with your daughter is the suggested guidelines below. After our mother-daughter coffee date, we went to the store and bought a few special colored pens for journaling.
If you want your mother-daughter journal to be successful, you’ll need to both follow these (sometimes challenging) guidelines and build a sense of trust. Simply having special pens, made the experience more meaningful to the girls.
The first night, one of my daughters wrote an eight-page entry.
I really didn’t realize how many grown-up thoughts were going on in my little ladies’ minds.
It may seem unnecessary to have this chat, but to ensure success, you need to make sure you’re on the same page. Find a cozy corner and read the intro of the book together … In the intro of the journal, you’ll find two important sections: Without having read these two intro sections together (and out loud), I truly do not believe we’d have had such a strong start to our journaling relationship.
Again, this section seems like a lot considering journaling feels intuitive. The intro to Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms also provides a tips section on logistics that you’ll need to agree upon when starting your mother-daughter journal: 4. There are many relationship building activities and fun prompts too.I bought two of these mother-daughter journals, one for each of my tween girls.I loved the idea of having mother-journal prompts to help get us started. When we got started, I assumed we’d kick it off with filling in some of the playful fill-in-the-blank prompts.Writing makes it easier to broach some topics — but I have found once we’ve “talked” on paper, continuing the conversation in person is comfortable.I cannot even begin to tell you how well this mother-daughter journal has worked so far.As we continue forward, we might eventually move on to using a more traditional blank journal for writing.