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For Your Journal: Writing Prompt

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Do you keep a journal - or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.

Three times a month, I'll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don't worry about grammar or punctuation - just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.

And who knows? Maybe you'll discover a character for your next short story or a theme for a narrative essay. Or maybe you'll use the idea to create a special holiday card or photo album for someone in your family. However you decide to use your journal entry, I know you'll enjoy re-reading it months--and years--down the road.
It's no secret that today's family is more mobile than the family of previous generations. We raise our children to be explorers and go confidently into the world--and we're happy they have more opportunities than we did--but are there enough children in all sections of the country to be tomorrow's workers and community leaders as the Baby Boomers retire?

A study from the Urban Institute, published in February 2010, reports: "Of the 10 metro areas with the highest percentage of children, nine are in California or Texas. Not one is in the Northeast or Midwest. By contrast, six of the 10 metro areas with the smallest share of children are in the Northeast (in Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, and Massachusetts), and another two are in Florida."

This is noteworthy, the study continues, because "Only about one-third of public spending on children is federal. Unlike the elderly, who get more federal support, children mostly depend on state and local revenues."

Journal Entry: Compare your childhood neighborhood with that of your child's. Do you live in the same community in which you were raised? The same area of the country? How are the activities and opportunities your child has different from those of your childhood? Can you say one is better than another?

Karna ConverseĀ is a freelance writer who’s written everything from technical documentation and price proposals to newsletter articles, devotionals, personal profiles and essays. Her essays have been published in a variety of regional and national publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, Notre Dame Magazine, the Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup anthologies, Our Iowa, and on Iowa Public Radio. She and her husband are parents to three young adults. Karna is a former blog editor, senior editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief of Literary Mama.

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Thanks for the prompt, it's a very supportive idea! This one is especially good for me, as I am raising my kids in another country (though the urban feel is similar to where I grew up). I'm looking forward to giving it a go!
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