I hate saying good-bye to my grandchildren, even if I know I will see them in a few days.
I have one little guy that lives a 4 hour plane flight away, and I have to wait months between our visits. Heartbreaking … though you gotta thank the heavens for Facetime! I am always looking for ways that grandmas can stay more connected to their grandkids. That is where a grandma and grandchild journal comes in!
As I was surfing Facebook one day (read “Facebook Junkie”) I read about a woman, Hillary Weeks, who for years has kept a journal that is just between her and each of her daughters. She has 4 daughters, which means she has 4 journals. For each child she writes a message and leaves it on her bed and the child writes a message back and leaves it on her mom’s. Those precious journals are a treasure to them.
Grandma and Grandchild Journals
We can create the same experience with our own grandchild.
What can you share in your journal?
- share our daily experiences
- ask questions and answer questions they’ve asked
- discuss feelings
- encourage them and tell them what we admire about them
- tell them stories from their family history
- share jokes
- share inspirational writings and quotes
- write about experiences we had when we were their age
- talk about our hopes and dreams for them.
The possibilities are endless! What a marvelous way to grow closer together! A gung ho grandma can use the journal to help a grandchild know that grandma loves and is thinking about them and cares about what goes on in their lives. And of course those journals will be treasured keepsakes of your relationship when they are grown into adulthood!
- If you live near your grandchild you can pass a journal book back and forth as you see each other every week or two. You decide how often the journal gets passed … maybe you only want to do it once a month or even longer.
- If you live far away from each other you could either mail the journal back-and-forth (a more expensive option) or you could do it on the computer as either emails to each other or texting in a messenger group that only has you and your grandchild as group members.
- Your grandchild would have to be at an age where they can write (or draw pictures) and you will have a challenge if you have 22 grandchildren (like one of my good friends). Maybe you have one grandchild who is struggling or having problems and you believe that sharing a journal with them will help the situation, but you don’t have the time to do it for the other 4 grandchildren. You can tailor this journal idea to your grandma situation.
Below are 10 grandma and grandchild journal covers (a little smaller than A4 size) I put together as a thank you for all my gung ho grandma readers!
If you would like me to create one for you, then please send me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you a personalized one with your names on it. Then you can print it off on your printer and attach it to a notebook (you can change the size when choosing printing options on your printer).
You would need to send me:
- which of the designs you would like (the numbers are on each picture)
- your grandma name you are called
- the first name of your grandchild
- your email address you would like it sent to
Have fun connecting with your grandma and grandchild journal!
Fill your paper with the
breathings of your heart.
– William Wordsworth