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Celebrating You And Me

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Celebrating You and Me: A Journal for Children and their Parents provides a unique opportunity for a child and an important adult to share their views with each other about relationships, creativity, money, learning, and how they view their bodies. Through daily prompts, this journal guides an exploration of personal self-worth and values while encouraging deeper, meaningful conversations and an understanding between the child and the adult.
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Overview

Celebrating You and Me: A Journal for Children and their Parents provides a unique opportunity for a child and an important adult to share their views with each other about relationships, creativity, money, learning, and how they view their bodies. Through daily prompts, this journal guides an exploration of personal self-worth and values while encouraging deeper, meaningful conversations and an understanding between the child and the adult.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438982267
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 10/17/2009
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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Celebrating You and Me

A Journal for Children and their Parents
By Loui Lord Nelson

AuthorHouse

Copyright © 2009 Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4389-8226-7


Chapter One

Dear parent, guardian, or loving adult,

Children establish their personal worth, values, and sense of self within the first eleven years of life. Together, these discoveries become the lens through which all of their future decisions are made. By completing this journal and talking through these discovery areas with your child, you will help him or her establish a stronger connection to self-an invaluable tool during life's journey.

We also know that children learn through modeling. This journal will help you and your child reflect on each of your gifts, talents, and beliefs while creating a unique bond between the two of you. Together, you will explore thoughts around relationships, learning, money, creativity, and how you use your bodies. Here are some suggested guidelines:

1. As early as possible, allow your child to write his or her own thoughts. Messy handwriting is welcome. 2. Allow for creative and inventive spelling. It is important that your child is comfortable with writing what comes to mind first. That will be his or her most honest response. 3. There are no right or wrong answers. How you or your child interpret each question is correct. 4. Encourage your child to give thoughtful answers. A younger child will need help understanding some of the more abstract questions. 5. Make sure you review what you wrote when the journal prompts you to do so. Talk with your child about how you have each grown, or maybe you see a similar idea written several times. Use the time for open conversation. 6. Your child needs to know and feel love every day. Even if the table has been broken or a sibling's toy is missing, sit with your child and complete that day's question. You will both be grateful. 7. Be as free as possible when thinking about your answers. Children know honesty and sense when an adult is being guarded. If your child feels you are holding back, he or she will, too.

Blessings to you and your child,

Loui Lord Nelson

Today's Date: ________________________________________________________________

Child's Name: ________________________________________________________________

Adult's Name: ________________________________________________________________

Our promise:

-> I promise to answer these questions with my heart.

-> I promise to not question the other person's answers.

-> I promise to ask even more questions when I have them.

-> I promise to allow the other person to explore, question, and ponder different thoughts and attitudes than my own.

-> I promise to always make the other person feel safe when sharing ideas, thoughts, or dreams.

______________________________________________________________________________ (Child's Signature)

______________________________________________________________________________ (Adult's Signature)

Day 1

I love me because:

Loving you and being in love with yourself are two different things. Be sure to demonstrate to your child how you love you.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 2

I am proud because today, I:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 3

I do something really well. This is what it is:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 4

Today, I shared:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 5

I made someone smile today when I:

Recognizing how you bring joy to others is important.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 6

This is something I laughed about today:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 7

One of the creative things I do is:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 8

This is something that happened today:

You will have the opportunity each month to answer this question. Help your child see the magic tucked in the corners of the ordinary day.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 9

If I had $10 to do something for someone else, I would:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 10

I am a gift to the world because I:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 11

I make myself laugh when I:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 12

I know I can make this:

Everyone can make something. You should know what that is and celebrate that skill.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 13

These are two things I like about the way I play with other people:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 14

I put money in my piggy bank because I:

There are many resources available at your library and on the internet to help parents talk to their children about money.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 15

I have a lot of:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 16

The hardest thing I ever gave away was:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 17

This is something nice someone did for me today:

Seeing what others offer to you can help you be grateful.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 18

I like to eat:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 19

I was happy today when I:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 20

I get ideas when I:

It is very important that children and adults recognize what inspires them.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 21

When I give a surprise gift, I:

What drives you to give?

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 22

When I move around quickly, I feel:

This could be running, twirling, skipping, wheeling a wheelchair, etc.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 23

I get excited when I get to:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 24

This is what I dream about doing:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 25

When I am away from my friends, I:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 26

I was a friend to someone today because I:

How do you show your friendship?

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 27

When someone tells me this about myself, I smile:

This helps you recognize how and when you accept compliments.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 28

When I am really excited about something, I do this:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 29

I like to spend my money on:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 30

When something good happens to me, I do this:

How do you show appreciation?

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 31

Flip back through the past ten pages and choose three of your favorite responses. Why are they your favorites?

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 32

I give this to other people every day:

There are many opportunities to talk about giving within this journal.

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Day 33

These are things I like to make with my hands:

Child: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Adult: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Celebrating You and Me by Loui Lord Nelson Copyright © 2009 by Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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