Sunday, June 07, 2009
When I was a preteen and teenager, I always kept a journal. If you’re female, it’s likely that you had one, too. Back when I was a teen, we had to make do with an old notebook from school for a journal, or perhaps those little diaries with the strap that came around the side and locked with a tiny metal key. (Heaven forbid if it got lost or fell into the hands of a little brother or sister!) Most of the time, I wrote only when I was really upset about something, like a heartbreak, a friend’s unkind words, or a fight with my mother. Even with those few topics, I had plenty to write about! I remember picking up one of my diaries years later and reading through it. According to what I wrote, I had the worst childhood ever! That’s because I only focused on the bad, and not the good. It was probably therapeutic to get my negative emotions out, but at the same time it did nothing for lifting my self-esteem or turning my thoughts in a more positive direction. Studies show that I was typical of teens, both then and now. By high school, only 29% of girls report that they are happy the way they are!
For that reason, I love the journals that are now available for today’s kids, tweens and teens. They focus on gratitude, faith, self-discovery, talents, goals and other positive attributes. An excellent example of this is the Journal Buddies books by Jill Schoenberg. There’s a version for girls, Journal Buddies: A Girl’s Journal for Sharing and Celebrating Magnificence, and one for boys, Journal Buddies: A Boy’s Journal for Discovering and Sharing Excellence! The author’s goals in writing these journals are to help kids develop:
- A healthy, strong sense of self
- Confidence in their abilities, strengths and gifts
- A powerful, helpful support system of helpers and buddies
- Awareness of beliefs (their own and those in their support system)
There are three parts to each journal:
- Innovative Part One -- Shared & Interactive Journaling
- Easy & Fun Part Two -- Creative Expression
- Powerful Part Three -- Kindness and Strengthening Self-Esteem
The most unique aspect of these journals is that the child does not journal alone. He or she selects “journal buddies” to help answer the questions in the book! These journal buddies can be friends, parents, grandparents, siblings or whomever the child selects. In this way, kids get to see themselves through the eyes of those who know them best, helping them to feel good about themselves and their accomplishments. Journal Buddies books are also visually pleasing to kids and teens, with plenty of fun fonts and eye-catching illustrations to grab their attention.
Visit www.JournalBuddies.com to download free excerpts from the journals and learn more about them, especially how they can help in building your child’s self-esteem. Journal Buddies are available on Amazon (girls, boys) and at Barnes and Noble (girls, boys).
Jill Schoenberg has generously donated two AUTOGRAPHED copies of Journal Buddies, one for girls and one for boys! To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post indicating which journal you would like to win. For optional, additional entries:
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One winner for each book will be randomly selected from the qualified entries received by midnight on Friday, June 19, 2009. Be sure to leave an email address if you don’t have it posted on your Blogger page. Winners will be emailed and must respond within 72 hours or new winners will be selected.
CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to Laura, winner of the girls' journal, and windycindy, winner of the boys' journal!
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