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The Many Benefits of Kid’s Journaling
The lost art of journaling. I remember when I was a kid, and writing in my diary was what I looked forward to every day. I would draw, share my feelings, and the monumental events of my simple little homeschooled life.
One entry described my little pet stink bug, kept safely with twigs and leaves in my pink Caboodle. Do you remember those?
Side note, they are selling the classic and beloved Caboodle on Amazon. What goes around, comes around. I may have bought myself one recently. Shh.
Back to the diary—I loved writing as a kid. At one point, it even became a spy book for watching my neighbors. I was a WEIRD, but I turned out okay.
All that to say, journaling has become a lost art. Kids are spending a lot of time on their screens and less time writing on paper. I don't know what it is, but there's something about putting pen to paper, seeing and feeling the ink on the page, and letting go.
Why your child should start journaling today
The benefits of journaling are endless, such as:
Improves writing skills
Helps them work through little and BIG feelings
Process struggles and difficulties of life
Process ideas and dreams
Reflect on their emotions
Express and recognize gratitude
As you can see, the benefits of journaling are endless.
After my son started journaling, I noticed a difference in his ability to better express himself. It became a safe place for him to share his feelings, as sometimes he doesn’t feel like saying them out loud. This is especially true for boys.
My son is at an age where he wants to show me what he wrote down that day—I think whether they share their journals contents depends a lot on their age. But in many instances, if your child is allowing you to see their journal, you can discover and learn a lot about them.
For instance, the page in the journal about how they feel about school can give you a lot of insight as to what is happening at school, if they are being bullied, how they feel about their friends, and who their friends are.
As an adult I love journaling. It helps me to work through emotions, express what I am feeling, and process my difficulties. I have noticed the benefits in my life when it comes to my relationships as well.
When I journal before I address a difficult situation with my husband, I am able to think through what I am going to say, which enables me to healthily deal with certain circumstances.
There are TONS of journaling prompts for adults, but less so for children.
That's why I created this adventurous, interactive, thought-provoking, gratitude journal for boys and girls called MY LIFE Journals — for both boys and girls.
I guess you could say I wished I had one of these when I was little. I had a blank page, which is fine, but kids need a little direction. I find that my son has a hard time knowing what to write in a blank journal, so the questions and prompts within the pages, help him to get started.
There are also pages for them to draw, or simply write down their friends, family, and home.
Print out as many pages as you want to fill an entire three ring binder for a year or more! The possibilities are endless.
Here is the example from the girl's journal.
And here is an example of the boys journal.
I hope your child enjoys writing down their thoughts and dreams, while also reflecting on what they are grateful for. Journaling is an incredible way to get your child to express and work through their feelings.