Family Conversation Journal

What You Need:

  • A notebook or journal
  • Pen or pencil
  • Two or more participants

What You Do:

  1. This works best if participants agree on a writing schedule. Maybe writing every day is too optimistic for you and your busy teen, but both of you should be able to write at least once a week.
  2. The first writer has possession of the journal and writes his or her entry to the other person. Entries can be as long or short as you like and can include personal thoughts, questions, jokes, memories, dreams about the future, poetry, artwork, or just about anything else that comes to mind!
  3. The journal can left in an agreed-upon place (such as a bedroom) for person number two to find and write in response. And so on, back and forth. If you agree to write weekly, each person has seven days to respond to their partner’s entry. It sounds simple, and it is.
  4. Keeping a conversation journal is a great way to “discuss” difficult topics and keep lines of conversation open. It's also a way to consistently connect with a busy teen who may have odd hours and a schedule more hectic than you’d imagine. Some things are hard to say face-to-face, especially if you and your teen are prone to arguing rather than discussing. By putting it on paper, you and your teen can send a “text message” that both of you will understand.

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