To offer parents and teachers the resources they need to empower kids to connect, communicate and celebrate through experiential, hands-on journaling and creative expression.
I was so excited to review Jill Schoenberg’s Journal Buddies! I have always had a hard time expressing myself through words, written or spoken. Journal buddies is a interactive journal between girls/boys and loved ones. My 8 year old daughter Ally had decided that she wanted her 14 year old brother, her grandpa, dad and me to be her buddy. She would work on the journal with one of us every night for 30 days. The first night we went over everything about the journal, you know the how to’s, and I explained to her that there are three parts to the Girls Journal:
- Innovative Part One – Shared Journaling- (Find your Buddy)
- Easy & Fun Part Two – Creative Expression- (Free style page)
- Powerful Part Three – Kindness and Strengthening Self-Esteem (Share what you “See”)
Then we started the first entry by writting three qualities, traits or talents that I liked about her. It became clear how truely amazing this journal is and how much it builds the self-esteem of Both envolved! She just beamed when she read:
- Silly (That is a very good thing in our house.)
The joy in her eyes still brings tears to mine!
The 2nd night her brother had the chance to work on the journal with her and that too touched my heart. Here lately those two have been arguing a lot but when they sat next to each other to do their page everything just stopped. Austin expressed what he enjoyed about her:
- Cutish (That is good for a brother!)
Then it was Ally’s turn to put in 3 good qualities or traits about her brother, she put:
- Swimming (He is a good swimmer.)
Where I was saying just about every hour, “Guys will you Stop fighting!?!” for the next two days they were just friends. They helped each other and talked together. It was nice.
I need to get the Boys Journal now since this one is done. In the 30 days of journaling I have watched my little girl go from unsure of her talents and all her beautiful traits to knowing how amazing she is. And I have learned how important it is to share as often as I can with all my children how amazing they are. More importantly, expressing why they are and what it is about them that makes them unique.
The Journal Buddies website is very interactive and extremely helpful. There are sections for Journal Prompts, Tips, Ideas based on grades, information on how it benefits self-esteem, pre-teen journaling and/or even a self-esteem quiz to see how your child really feels about themselves and how you can help boost up their self esteem.
You can purchase a Boy or Girl Journal Buddies for $16.95 on Amazon.
I received products for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.