We are firm believers in the notion that it is never too late to make a change, and we think that this is true also for New Year's Resolutions. In fact, we view the entire month of January as a time for making resolutions, and we find that this gives us time to reflect on the changes we'd like to make, to celebrate small victories, and to borrow great ideas from others.
One great idea to borrow is "journaling". Journaling is simply the act of keeping a journal, and lots of tweens keep journals as diaries, song books, etc. This year we're going to borrow an idea from Meredith and Sophie Jacobs and keep a mother-daughter journal. It works like this: take a blank book and one person writes a short entry - then trade, and the other person writes an entry commenting on the prior.
We spoke with Meredith at a local book event, and she and her tween have been journaling like this for five years. She says that it's added a new dimension to their relationship and made discussing challenging topics (like puberty) easier.
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