Written by guest contributor Katie Clemons of Making This Home.
When I was young, I dreamed of writing a fabulous journal that other kids would read at school some day. I’d curl up in whatever tight corner I could find, and I would write my legendary entry for the day with an erasable black pen.
Or at least I tried to write.
That blank notebook page hit me like a snowstorm in the South. I shut down. I didn’t know what to write. I had no idea how to document the things that made me feel alive or led me to jump out of bed in the morning. As a result, my journal pages became rambling bits of boring information or – and this was usually the case – the pages were left blank. The notebook went forgotten.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult. Sometimes, journal writing is hard. Heck, a blank page can offer an intimidating experience for any type of writing.
This was me. Struggling:
Photo by Katie Clemons
How do we encourage children to document their stories?
Today, I’m a storycatcher. My goal isn’t about getting my own stories into the world. Instead, I’m on a mission to help other people tell theirs. Story is power. It enriches our lives, challenges us to dream bigger, and strengthens future generations.
And that has to begin with our children. We need to help them see how much their stories matter. We need to foster creativity and guide them in expressing themselves.
Drats. Then there’s that daunting blank page again. Or at least there used to be.
Introducing Gadanke! (gah-dawn-kuh)
Gadanke is the award-winning journal shop I run from a vintage airplane hangar in Montana. My books are filled with:
- writing prompts
- materials from Europe
- 100% recycled paper.
Watching my 90-year-old grandma forget her stories as we sat in NPR’s StoryCorp studio a couple years ago, I was determined to find a way to get my stories onto paper.
I started wondering about all of the other people who have stories deep inside of them. Gadanke was born.
Today, I’d like to give a few lucky people at Simple Kids a few of my journals to help your family celebrate your stories.
Two Simple Kids readers will win $30 gift certificates to Gadanke. Use them on kid journals, travel journals, mini Christmas scrapbooks, personal journals for teens and women, or any of the other handmade books.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.
Bonus entry: visit the Gadanke website and sign up for the newsletter for discounts, downloads, and inspiration. Then, come back here to this post, and leave a separate comment telling me you’ve done so.
This giveaway will end at Midnight EST on Friday November 23, 2012. Good luck!
Enjoy 10% off all journals at Gadanke through Sunday at midnight MST with the code: STORYKIDS.