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Call to mind a difficult childhood memory — one where you were maligned, or when you felt uncared for. Write five paragraphs about the event as if you are in the midst of the memory, starting with these words:

a. I see . . .
b. I hear . . .
c. I feel . . .
d. I want . . .
e. I hope . . .

After writing your impressions of the event, answer these questions: What can you take away from this experience? What do you choose to do differently today as you parent your children? Write this as a prayer to the Lord, asking Him to help you parent.

Mary E. DeMuth

This is part of Mary E. DeMuth’s guided journal, “Creating the Family You Always Wanted,” a 12-week journey in Christian parenting. Twice a week, you’ll receive a new journaling prompt encouraging you to think about your family–and God–in new ways. Use these prompts in your own journal or in group discussion. If you’re joining this journal mid-way through, you can start journaling at any time, and stay subscribed at the end, when the journal will restart and you can receive the prompts that you missed.

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