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Father & Son (Phuket Version)

Daniel Blackland’s clearest memory of his father was from the day before his sixth birthday, when they walked hand in hand down Santa Monica Beach. -Greg van Eekhout, California Bone

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite memory of your father.

Art Prompt: Father and son at the beach

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about your father.

Photo Credit: Ahmed Rabea on Flickr


The Mother is the source of bounty, archetyped as Mother-Goddess birthing the trees and oceans. Her counter is the devouring mother who swallows her children, or through her indifference, starves them. -From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem using the mother archetype.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with your mother.

Art Prompt: The Mother Archetype

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Give a speech about your mother and an important lesson she taught you.

Photo Credit: Cornelia Kopp on Flickr

Portrait of Marie Hengelmuller and daughter

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by DC Public Library Commons on Flickr.

Gezin leest samen een tijdschrift / Parents and children reading a magazine together

…parents from different social classes teach their children different lessons about interacting with institutions. …parents help to perpetuate inequalities not only through what they do for their children, such as equipping them with different resources or opportunities, but also through what they teach children to do for themselves. -Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. How did your protagonist’s parents teach social interaction and how does that affect your protagonist in your story? (Click through and read the entire article to learn how social class affects what parents teach children.)

Journaling Prompt: What is the most valuable lesson your parents taught you?

Art Prompt: Parent teaching Child

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the essential lessons that parents must teach their children.

Photo Credit: Nationaal Archief on Flickr

9 24 imaginary friend

The great majority of the parents (88 per cent) answered that they did not think that there were disadvantages for their child in having an imaginary friend. Parents saw the main reasons for having invisible friends as supporting fantasy play and as a companion to play and have fun with. Parents also gave numerous examples of how invisible friends helped their children process and cope with life events.
Younger children also used their interactions with invisible friends to test their parents’ reactions to behaviour that might be disapproved of, thus helping them learn to regulate their behaviour. -Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a child and his or her imaginary friend.

Journaling Prompt: Did you have an imaginary friend or a stuffed animal that you believed was alive?

Art Prompt: Imaginary Friend

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how parents should deal with a child’s imaginary friend.

Photo Credit: dospaz on Flickr


The four culture types identified, which together comprised 89 percent of families surveyed, are:

  • The Faithful: These parents base their moral compass on religion and seek to maintain traditions within their homes and through their children.
  • The Engaged Progressives: These parents view morality through a lens of personal responsibility and freedom and strive to raise “responsible choosers.”
  • The Detached: These parents don’t feel very close to their children and tend to adopt a “let kids be kids and let the cards fall where they may” attitude.
  • The American Dreamers: These parents are very optimistic about their children’s future and focus heavily on giving them every possible advantage while also protecting them from negative influences. -Kecia Lynn

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene about something that happens in within a family. Re-write the same scene for each of the family types.

Journaling Prompt: Where does your family fall in this list? Write about how you feel about your family type.

Art Prompt: Families

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the four American family types.

Photo Credit: normalityrelief on Flickr

crying baby

The other night, our newborn didn’t sleep. We’d feed him, put him to bed, and a few minutes later he’d start fussing and crying and screaming bloody murder.

I’d pick him up, swaddle that little bugger till his face turned blue, and put him back into the crib with a magic singing seahorse that’s supposed to hypnotize him back to sleep.

Twenty minutes later, little Houdini was out of his blankets, flailing his arms again like he was at a Black Sabbath reunion. -Jeff Goins

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem that features a crying baby.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a parenting or babysitting experience where you had to deal with an unhappy baby or child.

Art Prompt: Crying Baby

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the trials of being a new parent.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Burgin on Flickr


Parents who feel guilty about letting their young children watch too many fantasy movies on TV can relax.
Researchers from Lancaster University have discovered that youngsters who watch films like Harry Potter improve their imagination and creativity. -Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a child who grows up watching fantasy movies.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the kind of movies you enjoyed watching as a kid. How did they inspire you?

Art Prompt: Children and Fantasy

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a movie that inspired you as a child and how it shaped your life.

Photo Credit: Lars Plougmann on Flickr

96th Street subway, uptown side, Oct 2009 - 15

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo by Ed Yourdon on Flickr.

The innocence of a look ...

A majority of Americans rate their current financial situation as poor or fair, and nearly half of Americans say they have encountered financial problems in the past year, according to the Pew Research Center. A University of Missouri researcher studied how parents’ financial problems and resulting mental distress affect their relationships with their children. He found that parents who experience financial problems and depression are less likely to feel connected to their children, and their children are less likely to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as volunteering or helping others.

“The study serves as a reminder that children’s behaviors are affected by issues beyond their immediate surroundings,” said Gustavo Carlo, Millsap Professor of Diversity in the MU Department of Human Development and Family Studies. “Families’ economic situations are affected by broader factors in our society, and those financial problems can lead to depression that hurts parent-child relationships.”
Previous research has indicated that parent-child connectedness is an important indicator of prosocial behavior in children. Prosocial behaviors lead to moral development, better outcomes in relationships and enhanced performance at work and school.

Unlike previous research that has focused on high-risk and low-income families, Carlo and his colleagues studied middle- to upper-middle-class families. Parents and children answered questions about economic stress, depression and connectedness between parents and children. A year later, the children reported how often they engaged in prosocial behaviors toward strangers, family members and friends.
“Even middle-class families are having financial difficulties, and it’s affecting their ability to be effective parents,” Carlo said. “When parents are depressed, it affects their relationships with their kids.” -Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about a family under financial pressure from the child’s POV.

Journaling Prompt: Write about what you remember about your family’s finances during your childhood OR write about how your family is dealing with the economic pressures today.

Art Prompt: Too Many Bills!

Photo Credit: Claudio Gennari on Flickr