The following guest post is written by Paula of Motherhood Outloud.
New Year’s is traditionally a time of both reflecting on the year past and looking with hope to the year ahead. And journaling is a great way to record both memories and future goals.
So why not combine them to create a special New Year’s tradition for your family?
Journaling has been an important part of my life for years. It’s a wonderful way to capture and preserve thoughts, emotions, and special memories for future generations.
Even if you don’t journal on a regular basis, beginning a New Year’s journal for your children can be a simple, fun and meaningful tradition and a great way to remember and reflect on how much they change each year.
We write in our girls’ New Year’s journals on or around January 1st each year.
Here are some of the things we include:- Vital Statistics: We list each child’s height, weight, and number of teeth. It is amazing to see how much they grow in 12 short months!
- Places Visited: We record any vacations, mission trips, or out of town visits to friends and family here.
- Favorite Things: Here we write about their favorite activities, toys, television shows or movies and books. It’s funny to see how their tastes change (or don’t!) from year to year.
- Things They’ve Learned: Whether it's learning how to walk, talk, use the potty, count or read--this is where we record all the new things our girls have learned.
- Goals for the Coming Year: This is where we write things we’d like our children to accomplish or learn in the next year.
Hope they’ll learn to use the potty or read or say thank you without prompting? Record it and then, next year, see if they have met (or exceeded!) your goals! We hope that this is an area where our children will take more ownership as they grow older.- Other Special Memories: This is where we record things like the addition of new family members, the passing of loved ones, or other milestones we want to include.
The possibilities of this New Year’s Journal are endless. Mom and Dad could write the child a special note each year, you could include your child’s handprint or a self-portrait, or siblings who are old enough could write messages to each other.
The point is to make and record memories for our children, to remind both us and them what a blessing it is to be a family.
May you and yours have a truly wonderful 2010!
**Paula is a mother of 2 little girls and wife of one great husband. In addition to teaching her own children, she also teaches other homeschool students part-time. She blogs about living intentionally as a mom at her site, Motherhood Outloud.**