Have you ever realized how much your children learn from the things you do and say? Parents need to be a positive role model in their child’s life because who we are, the way we handle things, and treat people, not name a few; all have an impact on our kids and the way they view their life. It’s important that we do the best we can to set a positive example for our children to follow.
As we go through our busy life, it’s important that we stop and ask ourselves what kind of example are we setting for our children because it will influence who your child becomes.
There are all sorts of things that make you a good role model for your children. I’m in no way trying to imply that
As a parent how do you want your kids to treat others? Of course, we don’t want them to allow people to walk on them, and we want them to stand up for themselves and what they believe in but what about kindness?
Do you see your glass half full or half empty? I’m going, being honest; I used to be a half empty kind of gal, but having children changed the way I looked at the glass. I now see it as half full because I see my life differently now that I’m a mom. The way we see life and handle situations is something our children watch day after day, and it can quickly become the way they handle a situation. How you look at the world and handle challenges that come your way can quickly become how our children look at life.
Play & spend time together
Not only is play fun for kids, but it’s also fun for adults too. I love playing and spending time with my kids because it helps me get in touch with the “no so adult” version of myself. It opens my mind up to a whole different world of possibilities. If you open your mind and your heart your children can teach you how to get in touch with your inner child again. Not only is it fun, but it helps you create a special bond with your baby.
Make special time for your kids
One of the most important things we can do for our children is to step away from work, daily tasks, and our busy life to spend time with our kids. Spending time together gives you an opportunity to bond, build lifelong memories, and show them how important it is to spend time with our loved ones. Another thing that will impact their lives and who they become.
As parents we want our children to develop all the qualities they need to live a “Big Life”. We want them to view failure as a step toward success, know how to overcome challenges, never give up on their dreams, and know that they can have an impact on the world around them to name a few. Which is why I’m excited to tell you about the Big Life Journal for kids.
Big Life Journal
Big Life Journal is a remarkable journey for children, a tool to help you, the journal buddy, explain things like mindfulness and perseverance to help parents instill important qualities into their child to help set them up for purposeful, courageous, and successful lives. The Big Life Journal is designed to help develop qualities that can contribute to allowing children to live Big Lives.
The Big Life Journal gives parents a chance to spend time with their kids, share some of our experiences with them, and watch their young minds at work. Working on the Big Life Journal with your children (as their Journal Buddy) gives you the opportunity to create a special bond with our children and create memories that both of you will carry for the rest of your life.
A Journal Buddy is someone such as a parent that is encouraged to share their experiences before the child begins writing in the journal. By the Journal Buddy sharing their experiences before the child answers the question you are making the user the child fully understands the concept and that they can learn from their Journal Buddy’s personal appearances. Plus, working on the journal together is a great way to create a special bond and memories that both of you will have for the rest of your life.
Children will write in their journal weekly, answering question each week. Personally, I think journaling weekly is much better than daily. I think daily journaling can make it easy for kids to confuse it with homework and lose their taste for journalling, which we already know has tons of great benefits. Journaling weekly can help keep them engaged and interested in all the great teachable moments included in the Big Life Journal.
The journal includes stories, quotes, and even poems with a place for children to draw and be creative some weeks. Each two weeks will focus on a concept; there are 13 concepts in the journal:
- Dream Big
- Make a Difference in the World
- It’s all about Effort
- Believe in Yourself and Your Ideas
- Love Learning
- Be Grateful
- Be Mindful
- You Are Not What You’ve Got
- Take Action
- Be Persistent
- Think Positively
- Follow Your Heart
- Fail On Your Way to Success
Each of the concepts presents an illustration, a quote, a poem, and a story and are based on real life people – scientists, non-profit founders, authors, etc.
Once explained, the child will be asked to answer the questions based on the concept. Just to give you an idea of the questions in the journal, let’s say you are working on the Making a Difference in the World concept. The questions might be something like:
- Why do you feel it’s important to help other people?
- Can you think of someone you can help? What is it they need help with?
- What would you do to help them?
Those are only a few of the question that would be in the journal. There will also be some that are not directly related to the concepts, something a little more fun such as sharing which character they would want to be out of their favorite movie or book. They will even be encouraged to draw some of their answers, which mixes things up and makes them fun.
The Big Life Journal is filled with all sorts of great teachable moments for parents. As parents, we get to share our life experiences with our children and watch them learn from them by answering the questions included in the journal.
As a mother I want my kids to understand failure and its purpose, but it’s often easier said than done. I remember my mom trying to tell me why we experience failure but I never fully understood what she was telling me until I experienced it for myself. One of my favorite things about the Big Life Journal is its unique approach to helping parents talk to their children about failure in a unique and creative way but still allowing the child to learn and see the benefit of failure for themselves. I think it helps children understand failure, and see for themselves that failure isn’t something we should be embarrassed by because failure is often part of the step to solving a problem.
The Big Life Journal is on Kickstarter
Yes, The Big Life Journal is on Kickstarter which means you can show your support by sharing the project on your social media accounts, send the wonderful folks at Big Life Journal an email with a screen shot or link, and get a PDF at the end of the Kickstarter campaign. Just be sure to use the social media share buttons on the Big Life Book Kickstarter campaign page here.
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the Big Life Book Journal. All opinions are my own, and I’d love it if you visited their Kickstarter campaign and left me a comment letting me know what your opinion of the Big Life Book is.