Journaling for Kids: Decisions and Empowerment for Tweens—
Being able to make good decisions is an important part of one’s self-esteem and confidence as it allows one to make decisions that are not only right for us, without pressure from others, but also allows us to make decisions that will gain the trust of people we love and admire.
The journaling process empowers the tween in two ways:
- First by giving them opportunity to look back on past experiences and learn from them, and
- Second by allowing them to express themselves in as lengthy and convoluted way as they need to until they have thought something through to their satisfaction.
Often, decisions are difficult to make, especially as a pre-teen, and the journal provides a safe outlet for thinking through one’s options before finally deciding on a course of action. This develops self-reliance too, as the pre-teen learns that very often the answers they seek are right there within themselves; they just have to look for them and give the solutions to their questions time to emerge.
Journaling, Decision-Making &
Not only will the journaling process cultivate your pre-teen’s creativity and intuition, but it will also have an empowering effect on their decision-making. We feel more in control of our lives when we make good decisions on our own. This is one important component of healthy empowerment – the ability to decide for ourselves. When we are empowered in this way, we are less swayed by peer pressure and we are less likely to feel pressured into decisions we may regret later.
Actually, creativity and intuition have a great deal to do with decision making and that is why it is worth further discussion here.
Creativity, especially, offers a pre-teen more options to choose from whenever they are making a decision, whereas intuition allows your child to make decisions without a tremendous amount of information. But they both go hand-in-hand with decision-making.
The creative mind is aware that there are multiple solutions to any given problem. When your child is confronted with a problem they can write the various solutions in their journal and then decide which one would be the best one to solve it.
They’ll be able to do this from their journal entries because the problem and solutions are visually in front of them, rather than being a mix of disconnected thoughts and emotions trapped in their mind.
Journaling and Young People
Being a young person is full of many different and, often, confusing thoughts and emotions. When the child experiences these they can have a hard time making an appropriate decision because of the power the emotions can have over thought processes.
In fact, confusion — especially of the emotional type — can make us more prone to react quickly, without thought, rather than thinking it through. However, the pre-teen that processes their emotions through journaling gets the chance to come to terms with the emotions before making a decision, thus they think things through rather than react.
Using a journal to make decisions has a positive effect on the development of the child’s confidence and self-esteem as they develop the knowledge that they can work through their problems and confusing thoughts and find their own solutions.