by Kara

Want To Have Better Communication With Your Children?

I wanted to give my children a safe place to ask me anything or tell me about something that they felt too embarrassed or scared to ask me face to face. I also found that I liked having time to think about my answers or comments. Sometimes we as parents over react as soon as we are asked or told something. Especially if it’s bad.

Making A Communication Journal

Our journal is called Mom & Me. You can give it any title you want. I went up to my local dollar store and picked up a few of those $1 composition notebooks. I covered the front with cardstock and gave it a title. I put a pen on a string then taped it inside the journal. If you have a teen, you may choose a beautiful journal from a bookstore that looks more age appropriate.

Here are some links to examples of communication journals.

Making It Personal

Last but not least I wrote a little note on the front page “Skylar, would you like to be my pen pal? If you want to write to me about anything or have tough questions, you can write them here and leave it on my pillow, and then I will write you back and leave it on yours.” I then tied a simple bow around it and propped it up on her bed so she could see it when she got home from school.

Do you have a communication journal with your children? Let me know if your kids enjoy being Pen Pals as much as mine do?



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