It started as a suggestion from a friend. A way to connect with my daughters, especially my oldest who has a difficult time expressing herself verbally. It has become a treasure.
I call it Mother-Daughter Journaling, but it could easily translate into something you do with your sons or with your husband or even with your own mother.
Sometimes we can say in writing the things we can never find the words for verbally. And so often, the duties of the home get in the way of the relationships within the home. I didn’t want to miss out on the young ladies my daughters are, nor the young women they are becoming.
I purchased 2 simple journals from the local discount store and wrote in the first page a short note to each of the girls. I wanted them to know they could write anything€¦there were no rules and I would not be checking grammar. I handed each of them their journals and told them when they felt like writing, they could write to me and leave their journal beside my bed and I would write them back and do likewise.
It has been nearly 3 months. We don’t write every day, but when we do, the conversations are everything from “When can we get a dog?” to “Is it okay to disagree with your parents?” The girls look forward to me writing them back. If I don’t write back right away they are most certainly going to prod me to get on it. I look forward to reading what is on their hearts and minds. I look forward to learning more about them. I look forward to watching them grow in the pages of these journals.