Some children love to write; others not so much. In this blog, we’re going to look at a fun, no-pressure way for your young scribe to start practicing writing that even the most reluctant writer can enjoy. What is this magical thing we speak of? Journaling.
Journaling is nothing new. Many of us remember having diaries that we (literally) kept under lock and key. Today those types of diaries still exist, as do many other journal designs. And in our twenty-first century world, there are plenty of computer-based journaling programs, many of which can be used without having to share posts with the rest of the world. That said, if you do choose to use an online platform such as Wordpress or Blogger, be sure to utilize both the parental and privacy controls and monitor what your child puts out there as well as what responses come in.
Journaling is beneficial on a variety of levels, even for you, Mom and Dad. As we mentioned above, it’s a fantastic way to practice writing without having to worry about being graded or even having anyone else seeing it. Of course as a parent it will be up to you whether or not you will want to read your child’s journal. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to monitor it, however we strongly suggest being honest with your child if you plan to do so. Do you remember how Marcia Brady felt when she thought her family was reading her diary? Best to save that drama for the television.
Another major benefit of journaling comes on an emotional level. It can help children express themselves, whether or not they are comfortable doing so verbally. The article “The Benefits of Journaling for Kids” on The Spruce explains that journaling allows the writer to safely and constructively:
- Explore and identify emotions
- Feel (and express) anger
- Express fear
- Examine the pros and cons of something in order to be more decisive
- Look more carefully at his or her thoughts about something after the immediate situation has passed
- Gain some insight into his or her own and other people's motives
- See the positives as well as the negatives
- Plan out difficult conversations ahead of time
- In addition, computer-based programs help foster computer skills.
What is there to write about?
What’s the best thing about journaling? There are no rules and restrictions — at least as far as topics go. But if you’re looking for writing prompts for all ages, seasons, holidays, etc., check out all these awesome journaling ideas on Journal Buddies.
Also, if you’re looking for additional educational and engaging writing resources, visit our blog “Writing Resources for School and Beyond.”
Happy journal writing to you and your family!
Do you have any advice about journaling for kids? Have you tried it with your children? Let us know on our social media pages.