Journaling Help– Discover useful ways to encourage kids to keep a journal.
Journaling is the act of writing down one’s thoughts and feelings in a book, or in an online journal (this is the modern version of journal keeping). Journaling is the act of recording one’s journey in a way that best suits the journal keeper’s personality, life and self-expression style. This could be through writing, but doesn’t have to be this expression only.
But not everyone understands the value of journal keeping and, for this reason, they may be in need of some journaling help. We are here to fill the bill!
Some people love writing and some people don’t like writing at all, nevertheless everyone should be encouraged to journal because journaling is about writing, but it is also about creative expression. There are creative journals, art journals, poetry, music and health journals, and all of them can be so much more than simply words on a page IF that is what suits the journal keepers journaling needs.
Journaling Help for Preteens
Journaling is particularly helpful for the kids who are between the ages of 7 to 14. These are the preteen and young teenaged years when a child is transitioning into young adulthood. They will be going through a host of changes that includes puberty, social standing, and going from elementary school to junior high and then high school. All of these changes come with an enormous amount of challenges, and can be very overwhelming for the child.
The preteen and teen years is also a time when a child’s personality gets reinforced, and they start to discover who they are and their place in the world. They also are learning about how other people view them in the world. It’s for these reasons that a child needs a healthy outlet to express their emotions, and journaling can help.
Hopefully there will come a time when parents will encourage their kids to use journaling to help deal with their feelings and with the world around them. (As a matter of fact, it’s common for children to be encouraged to journal in their English literature or creative writing classes.)
Kids can uncover talents and skills that they might not have known were available to them through journal keeping. Indeed, many people kept journals when they were younger, and they have also kept journals all their adult lives. They do so because journaling helps them to see how they progress, and where their thought processes were at when they were preteens and teenagers.
If a parent wants to help their preteen or teenager began a journaling habit they can start by buying him a unique journal book that the child simply adores! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; it can even be their favorite spiral notebook.
Once a special journal book is purchased, encourage your child to get creative with the cover of their journal. They can put stickers on it, or they can draw on it, and they can do whatever they want to it to personalize it and make it their own. It’s their journal, and it’s important for them to express themselves as freely as they’d like.
Another important aspect of keeping a journal is making sure that the person keeping it has lots of free-flowing pens. If the pen runs out of ink or if it skips, it’s a frustrating experience, and a preteen may get turned off from writing or drawing. It might sound insignificant, but the easier the pen flows, the easier the thoughts, ideas and creativity will flow.
Life is going to present a lot of challenges for someone between the ages of 7 to 14 in today’s world. Journaling is a great way for a child going through these changes to cope with these changes in a healthy way.
Journaling can help preteens, teens and people of all ages navigate the sometime rocky roads of life. Try it today. We know you’ll love it!
Until next time, journal on…
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