Hi, we’re Jess and Caroline, Co-Creators of the Grow Journals, as well as Mums to 5 kids between us, and long-time friends.
We want to empower kids and teens to believe in themselves, and think optimistically, so that as life circumstances happen around them or they make mistakes and experience setbacks, they have a strong, supportive mindset to rely on.
So we created the Grow Journals as a simple way for kids and teens to build these powerful life skills, in a way that feels good, and fits easily into their often busy lives.
I’ve always been drawn to working with kids, even since my first jobs as babysitter, and then tutor, but I opted for a corporate career early on. Then after having kids, I began learning more about resilience and emotional wellbeing (both theirs and mine - parenting is a tough gig! But also the most wonderful journey I've ever taken).
Over the years I’ve learned all about the power of gratitude and emotional awareness/literacy, how to feel safe experiencing all our feelings (even the uncomfortable ones), and learning how impactful and important it is to recognise what self talk is, and help turn it into something positive and supportive. I’ve learned and practiced this for myself, and then with my kids, and I’ve seen the incredible benefits it has in mindset, overall wellbeing, and how we all experience life.
From all this has come the Grow Journal, a practical and tangible way for me to share this learning and empower all kids (and now teens), to reap the benefits of these amazing life skills.
Caroline - BDesign; Jess - BS(Psych), BComm