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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.
In the introductory pages of The Children's Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett writes about the importance of showing children what the essentials of good character look like and why they deserve admiration.

"Today, we talk about how important it is to 'have values,' as if they were beads on a string or marbles in a pouch. But these stories speak to morality and virtues not as something to be possessed but as the core of human nature, not as something to have but as something to be."

His list of virtues: courage, perseverance, responsibility, work, self-discipline, compassion, faith, honesty, loyalty, friendship.

Journal Entry: Look at your child's bookshelf and list one book, story, or poem for each virtue listed above. Write two or three sentences about each choice, describing the message or moral it teaches.

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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