MamaBlogger365 – It’s a Family Affair by Jennifer Flaten

My son recently announced he wanted to buy a diary. I was pretty amazed, not many eight-year-olds are interested in keeping a diary, especially eight-year-old boys.

He did read all the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books and we watched the movies, so I think that encouraged him.

Plus, he has to keep up with his sisters. They also keep diaries, but not faithfully (they are a lot like me). For a couple of days they are running around recording things in their diary and then just as quickly they are done with it. Until they discover it in the bottom of the toy basket.

I think it is great, anything that encourages him to write. We went out and found him a nice notebook with a skull on the cover, so while it is his diary it looks tough.

Like most kids his age, his penmanship leaves something to be desired and a diary could be just the thing to help him get better.

Plus, it might help him organize his thoughts; I know his teacher mentioned that during writing exercises, he has a hard time with writing stories with a beginning, middle and end.

I admit I peeked at the diary, with his permission. He was so thrilled to have his diary he wanted to share with me (I think he was disappointed his sisters didn’t want a peek, too). So far, he has a few entries, mostly reports about what his sisters did/didn’t do… there are actually more doodles then anything. Maybe he will grow up to be a cartoonist.

Bio: Jennifer Flaten is a Wisconsin-based writer with three small children who understands the delicate balance between home and work. She knows having a healthy, happy family is a priority, and with that in mind, she has a special interest in health, family and technology. Her works have been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and at various online journals.

Photo credit: Two Pens by Peter Griffin


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