Preteen Journaling, for many people, is as personal and therapeutic as lying on a couch and talking to a therapist for hours. Once the pen starts gliding over the paper the mind starts to dig deeper and deeper into thoughts, memories, dreams, curiosities, and fears that are very far from the surface of the mind. This is why many journal keepers are often surprised at what comes out during some writing sessions.
This therapeutic nature is what makes preteen journaling so important. Preteens are at a volatile, confusing point in their development and many do not have adults that they trust enough to open up to. They keep a lot in and make a lot of mistakes that could be avoided if they just had some way of digging deeper into their own minds, their own dreams, and their own ambitions.
Even without wise adults to guide their actions, pre-teen journaling can help young adults come to solutions for their own problem and build up the courage to stand up for themselves, do what they know is right, and make better choices in life.
Preteen journaling is powerful as an individual tool for many tweens, but it becomes even more powerful when the journals are shared with others. Teens can help one another through problems and learn to become better at journaling when they share their preteen journaling endeavors with one another or perhaps with a trustworthy, caring adult mentor.
Parents and teachers can bring preteen journaling into the lives of youngsters quite easily. Here are some basic tips to help you get the preteens in your life started with some type of preteen journaling program.
Journaling Tips for Tweens
Journaling Tip #1 –
Make all needed supplies readily available so tweens do not have any obstacles to getting started with preteen journaling. The basic supplies include ink pens or pencils and some form of notebook or paper pad.
Journaling Tip #2 —
Many people who enjoy journaling feel more comfortable with a specific type of notebook or pen. If you have the ability to let the preteens select their own journal they could take to journal keeping faster.
Journaling Tip #3 —
Journal keeping doesn’t require any specific format. Simply encourage your preteen to start writing whatever is on their mind. If they write in one block of text or many paragraphs, cursive or print, none of it matters. They just need to get comfortable opening up to the paper.
Journaling Tip #4 –
Set a timer and encourage everyone to keep their pen or pencil moving until it goes off. You can start with 10 or 15 minutes and increase the time as they become more comfortable with their journaling. Longer sessions will allow deeper processing of their thoughts on the page.
Journaling Tip #5 –
Make sure everyone involved knows they can keep some journal entries private when needed. One idea is to have them fold the private pages in half inside the notebook, so they can be flipped past without seeing the page. This sense of privacy will help them unveil the more pressing issues on their mind. Even if no one else every reads it or helps them, they will get it off their chest just writing it out.
Preteen journaling can become a great tool for kids of this age with problems and issues they may not want to talk to other adults about. It can also be the doorway that allows some preteens to talk about pressing issues with a trusted adult. It may be easier to show their journal page than it is to speak the words out loud.
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