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As my older son is now learning to read and write, I have been looking for ways to incorporate these new skills into our daily character development activities. I remember as a child having several journals, and I really enjoyed writing, drawing, and looking over past entries. So I was very excited when I ran across the beautiful journals by Elaheh Bos, the inspiring artist and author behind Plant Love Grow.
Elaheh has created several journals for children, including:
- Bloom: My first affirmation journal
- I am grateful for – Inspired gratitude journal
- Pass it on: Service Journal
I love how she describes them: “These journals are a great way to create and sustain new habits. By having them close to us and by choosing to write in them on a regular basis, we invite gratitude, happiness and beauty in our lives.”
I decided to use one journal at a time with my boys, so we have started filling in one page of the affirmation journal each morning after breakfast. It is a nice way to start the day with a bit of positive, creative expression before we become busy with the rest of our schedule.
Even my younger son (who just turned three a few months ago) comes up with some lovely affirmations (example: “I am very, very kind”), and my oldest is enjoying decorating the page with detailed picture scenarios (example: monsters having a tea party and one sharing his chocolate cookie to explain “I am generous”). I am looking forward to seeing how daily journaling is going to expand the character education opportunities in our home.
I invited Elaheh to share more about her work with us today.
Chelsea: Can you tell us about your mission? What do you hope to share through your products?
Elaheh: My mission is to help kids bloom. I see blooming as being your best self under any circumstance. What I hope to share through these products is a sense of self-care, an understanding that we all have the resources within ourselves to be who we are meant to be. The tools that I offer are igniters of change, they offer structure, direction, inspiration and motivation to encourage personal awareness and growth.
Chelsea: I love the journals. Is there a story behind why you made them?
Elaheh: Most of my journals stem from my own realization of the transformative power of words. The hope is to help kids learn and incorporate these habits of reflection and train them to intentionally focus on something better. With the inspired gratitude journal, I wanted to stimulate and elevate conversations around the words that surrounds us. The affirmation journal came from my own realization of the power of affirmations as a tool to refocus negative emotions and thoughts. The service journal is a way to get children to understand that we can all affect and influence each other through our actions.
Chelsea: What feedback have you had about them?
Elaheh: The best feedback I get is from seeing my daughter’s own journal on the side of their beds. They are the reason I create these tools and while we may not use them on a daily basis, they have been incorporated into our life habits. Some people tell me they use them when their kids complain as a way of getting their kids to reflect. I find it nicer to incorporate them with our bedtime routine, as a way of redirecting our hope of tomorrow towards something positive.
Chelsea: What do you think people get out of using them?
Elaheh: Journals are like most things in life, you only get as much as you put in. My hope is that people understand that habits take time to develop. These habits of shifting our mind and heart settings get created word by word, line by line, page by page. My hope is that people get these moments of inner silence, reflection, hope and joy by using them.
Chelsea: I know you offer a lot more than journals for kids. Can you share a bit more about your other offerings?
Elaheh: I offer story books that help children deal with certain inner challenges, such as anger, anxiety, self-esteem or many other issues that hinder us from being our true selves. I believe we are as strong as the thoughts in our heads and the feelings in our hearts. When we understand that we can guide our inner world, we can get past what stops us and flourish. These tools become strategies for success. My hope is to constantly offer more products that can help parents, teachers and health professionals with their guiding and nurturing of children.
For more information, free downloads, and to join the mailing list visit www.plantlovegrow.com
Question for readers:
Do your children have journals? Do you think journals like these could help them to focus on positive thinking and behaviour?
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Kate Laughing Kids Learn
These are absolutely beautiful! I think it makes journalling and reflecting so much easier for kids too because sometimes it can be hard to know what to write.
Chelsea Lee Smith
Yes Kate that is a great point… it can be hard to decide what to write!
Rachel | Racheous - Lovable Learning
Wow, I love these! What a great philosophy behind each of them. I loved reading about what they offer 🙂
Chelsea Lee Smith
Glad you enjoyed the post, Rachel. The journals are a very nice concept, for sure 🙂
Oh these are lovely!
All my kids have a journal (even the little one) but they are being used more as sketch books at the moment, with the odd story thrown in. I am ok with that, but I think these could really inspire my kids to think more about who they are and how they behave.
Chelsea Lee Smith
Love that your kids are into journaling! I can imagine there would be so many amazing ways to use journals as kids get older. I do really like that these help us to focus on the positive and developing good skills (looking for ways to serve others, using affirmations, etc). The art inside is beautiful, as well.
They are just lovely! What a great idea!
Beautiful! Something to remember when my kids are a bit older 🙂
Kate - The Craft Train
These look just lovely! I am inspired to get my kids started on a gratitude journal.
Thank you, Chelsea, for sharing these, and everything else you share on your site. Simply beautiful and inspiring! I am very grateful that you felt inspired to share my passion for blooming. I have a few of these that my kids have filled and they always make me smile. Gratitude for cheese-filled pasta or for losing that hanging tooth. Affirmation that go like this: I am happy to be me. These concepts of gratitude and inner abundance are natural for children and our job simply becomes to provide the space and learn.