Having teens is a challenge, wouldn’t you say? I always wonder if what I say is heard, sinks in and is retained. Or even comprehended? So many times throughout a day I think of something I’d like to tell one of my kids. At their ages it’s no longer “don’t make that face or it will stick that way”, but rather “as long as I’m living you will always be my child and I will ALWAYS be here if you need me” to “when you say your prayers tonight, don’t forget to pray for your future spouse”. But, with busy lives, like most, they aren’t always with me anymore.
With having so much to say, not being sure what I say they actually hear, and wanting to them to have something tangible they can go to for advice when they are older or, God forbid, something happens to me, I created journals for each of my kids. Hopefully it will be a great keepsake for them and their children.
I only make one entry per page. Each time I make an entry I date it and set it on their beds which lets them know there is something to read. On occasion I put a treat in it ~ a piece of candy ~ just to be sure it gets opened. There may not always be a prize in there, but they are sure going to look.
Some of the things I write in them are scripture verses with advice or explanation, dating/marital advice, praises for anything I feel they need it for, and warnings about the pitfalls of life. I’d also like to start adding small printed photos with my entries. I try to keep it short and sweet so they can easily remember it.
I picked these up at Mardel for just $5.99 each. When full, I’ll just pick up another.
Happy Rainy (Flooding) Tuesday, Y’all!