One of the comments that was posted was when do I write. How do I fit this in with kids. The comment was from Tasha. Her blog is at http://tasha-mae.blogspot.com/ if you want to visit her. When the kids were young I wrote in a paper journal in the five free minutes between when the kids went to bed and when they all got back up. Eventually there was more time so I could write for more than a few minutes. I wanted to write every day to give the kids a journal of their childhood. Since it was written in a paper journal, I figured that I would need to write at least three journals and they could decide who got each one, or someone could make copies so everyone could have all three. In reality I didn’t write every day. It just didn’t make it to the top of the list. Some days were better than others. As the kids got bigger my free time became the time that I was waiting for them in the car. I wanted to write, but didn’t want to take the journal out…if I lost it then our history was gone. I tried a notebook and then tried to re-write it into the journal. Writing it the first time was fun, re-coping it wasn’t. Then I went to notebook paper that I was going to put into a three ring binder. I wouldn’t need to carry the past writing with me and it wouldn’t need to be rewritten. I kept loosing the papers. Then I went to the computer. But I could only write at home. Eventually I got a Nook. It has worked so far. It is small enough to fit into my purse and the entries can be transferred to the computer. That was probably a lot more information than you wanted to know.
The original question was ‘how do I fit it in?’ I keep changing it as the kids change. I saw a journal for sale in a magazine last year. It was a line per day journal. I have heard from friends that they use this one. It gives them a sense of what was happening in their family over time, without making writing into a job. Right now I am trying to write every day. The kids are older and we are not in any big drama. The year that Maggie started high school I didn’t journal at all. She had a lot of papers to do. They all had to be typed and she had the computer all evening every evening. The most difficult thing for me is to find something to write about. I keep paper with me to write small notes about our day on. Some days we do the normal things and there isn’t anything new to write about so if something happens that I can blog about I want to remember it. Also the kids know that I write and they sometimes they say ‘hey mom, you could write about that.’ Some days I miss and don’t write. It happens. If I have a lot to say about many topics I will type them in and then post them each day. I like being ahead on posting, it relieves the stress.
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