I am raising my daughters to be homemakers. Whether they get married or not, they will have a home to take care of. I want to equip them while their young and as they grow how to keep a home. One of the ways that I have done that is to make my daughters a homemaking journal.
I gave my eldest daughter, Abigail, a homemaking journal as a present for her 9th birthday. Lydia has been expectantly waiting for hers, which she will also receive on her 9th birthday.
Supplies I used:
- Half-size three-ring binder. I have found many of these at garage sales or thrift stores for $1 or less.
- Card stock or scrapbook paper. I just used this to decorate the outside, but you could also use it in the inside for dividing the sections.
- Stickers. I used some homemaking type stickers to decorate the outside. I also found some glittery letters that I knew Abigail would like.
- Filing Tabs.There is probably a prettier way to do this, but I just used what I had on hand. I used these, so it would be easy to see where different sections started. There also easy to move if she wants to reorganize sections.
- Paper. I printed all the forms off from the different sites listed at the end.
- Cover Page. This is a page I just put together myself. It has her name, address, phone number, and a little birthday note from us.
- Address Pages. This gives her the ability to write, call, email family and friends easily.
- Calendar. On this she puts her Dr. appointments, birthdays, holidays, when people visit, etc.
- Menu / Shopping list. Sometimes I ask Abigail to help me plan our menu for the week. She writes it all on these sheets and has a place to write the grocery list for things we need.
- Recipes. As Abigail helps me in the kitchen I want her to keep the recipes we make in her own journal, because soon she will be cooking on her own.
- School Assignments. I print weekly homeschool assignment sheets for her to put in her book. She likes to check them off as she goes.
- Books. I have pages for her to keep track of books she’s read, for our homeschool portfolio. I also have a page for her to write down books she’d like to read, for when we visit the library.
- Church Notes. Our kids sit with us during church and we encourage them to take notes during the sermon. Sometimes I may just have her take a page out to place in her Bible, instead of bringing the whole book.
- Prayers. I think writing down our prayers is important. Then we have evidence of how God has worked as He answers them.
- Notes. These are just some blank pages for her to do what she wants with.
A homemaking journal is a great way to teach your daughter responsibility and prepare her to manage her own home.
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