Keeping a family journal can be a fun activity to engage in as well as provide additional enjoyment down the road when you sit down to look through old entries in the journal later on. It can serve as not only as a means of memory keeping but also as a way of keeping the lines of communication open. The journal could be taken on family vacations and each person could be encouraged to write and draw in what means the most to them about the vacation, gluing in souvenirs if desired. It can be used on New Year’s Eve for the family to record the most significant events of the closing year as well as their hopes for the new one. The journal can also be a low risk way for family members to discuss things that are bothering them – to open up a conversation about it that can then be completed face to face. How about opening up the world of art journaling to your children and creating an art journal as a family? Seeing what each member of the family values and how they express themselves can be very enlightening and very enjoyable!
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