My girls are already excellent journal keepers. They insist on going over their day every night before bed. It’s become part of our bedtime routine, and it’s one I really enjoy because I get to hear their side of things. Many times they’ve interpreted a situation in a way I’d never have thought of. In some cases, it allows me to gently correct them, like, “no, mommy did not tell you no because you were a little kid. She told you no because touching the stove is dangerous.” In that way, I think it’s really helpful to reinforce important lessons.
I also get to see what they like the best each day, which activities are their favorites and which events stick out in their brains. For instance, the fact that Dulce didn’t finish her cookie yesterday and that her balloon popped totally eclipsed buying ingredients for Daddy’s birthday cake, which, to me, was what the trip was all about.
This oral journal has another twist. It’s always told through a third-person character. A little stuffed Toadstool from Mario, to be exact. He’s the child. A stuffed Superman and Supergirl doll are the parents.