ENJOY BEING A PARENT – Self Help Action Sheets

CLIA provides Expressive Arts activities for parents to learn to play and enjoy joining in with their children.  Here are some helpful hints and creative journal prompts that are easy to use to reflect on what it’s like being a parent without judgement. Find another parent friend and do the exercises together with a cup of tea, you could have lots to share with each other.

Creative Journal: The following is adapted with gratitude from ‘Creative Journal for Children’ by Lucia Capacchione.  Chose a topic and write a journal prompt on the top of a page, e.g. ‘I draw what I like doing, I write about what I draw’.  Children love exploring their feelings and thoughts with pictures and a few words.

CJ for Children prompts

‘Being a Parent’ activities:  With special thanks to Jackie Sokolov, the founder of Parent Network, for permission to reprint material contained in the following activitiy sheets, adapted from their Parent Training Manual:

Reflecting Feelings


Reflective listening to yourself

Saying what we feel

Visualise what you want

Suppressing feelings

The following journal activities are adapted with gratitude from ‘Creative Journal for Parents’ by Lucia Capacchione.

How I was Raised wksheet

Nurturing Parent

Peace and Quiet

When I was your age


Play Team members and their journals.

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