Some call it diary writing, some call it journaling. As parents, it’s important to know who journaling can help your child in expressing their emotions or collecting their thoughts in a journal. There are a lot of benefits to journaling and here’s how it can help your little ones!
It improves writing & communication skills
Expressing our thoughts on paper helps us to improve our writing and communication. The earlier children learn to start journaling, the better they get at writing effectively. Simply put, writing more helps us write better. Getting into the habit of regular journaling helps children in improving their communication skills as well. It helps with accurate syntax, sentence formation and flow.
Journaling is a great way to pen down your thoughts and ideas on paper. Encourage children to chronicle anything from their day at school or the changes they like to see or make around themselves or even about their experience during a recent family vacation. The key is to ask them questions that would spark creativity and encourage them to write down their answers on paper. Writing paves way to being more open-minded and takes one’s imagination to a different level.
It leads to better emotional health
The ability to write about your thoughts and emotions is a great skill to possess. It leads to improved emotional well-being of both children and adults. Journaling helps you describe your feelings and is a good coping mechanism for the hard times an individual might be going through. It can also prove to be a safe outlet for all the negative thoughts or emotions that are swirling around in a child’s head. Writing just about anything is a great stress-buster and helps in maintaining our emotional balance.
Set & Achieve your goals
Writing down our goals and aspirations in a journal is a good way to think and plan ahead. Get children to write down what they hope to achieve that week, that month and that year. The journal starts to work like a progress-tracker where children can keep a tab on their growth in whatever they choose to write about. They could write about something as simple as ‘Hobbies I want to pursue’ or ‘What are the new things I learnt about XYZ.’ Journaling with the purpose of tracking achievements can help children maintain positivity in their lives and build on their self esteem, when they see how much they’ve achieved.
Boosts your memory
Your brain is likely to remember everything you have written down in your journal. Reading old entries in your journal can trigger memories of events and experiences you might have forgotten. In simple words, writing something down is a great way to recall it in the future. Studies have revealed that people who journaled at night had a better memory-recall of events and experiences than the ones who journaled during the day.
Whatever the reason your children might have to start Journaling, it is important that we respect their privacy. Let journaling be the space where they can write without judgement, think without policing. It is a way for children to process the information around them. Trust that they will come to you if something is really bothering them, but allow them to work through it first. Journaling can help children at any age. In fact, it’s never too late to start – you might want to consider keeping a journal yourself!