I was at a home school conference a few years back and one of the speakers was a woman who is on staff at a local church here- Life Church- where the You Version Bible app came from.
I have been to the church and it is great, but not my home church. However, one of the ladies held a seminar at the home school convention where she said she uses journals with her kids to communicate. She said that often when they get older, they may stop sharing as much as they used to due to feeling like parents might yell or judge them etc. She started with her son and daughter if I am not mistaken, and it was a hit.