Preteen Self-Concept Journaling—
Our qualities, talents, and traits are part of what make up our self-concept. Approachability is an example of a quality and shyness a trait. All of us have a combination of qualities and personality traits, as well as talents at which we excel. All of these are part of what make us who we are.
For example, one person may be athletically talented while another can calculate a trigonometry problem with the greatest of ease. Acknowledging, developing and mastering one’s talents has a positive effect on our self-esteem and confidence.
“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Let’s say a pre-teen has an interest in and talent for a particular sport. Your tween can use journal writing as a tool to develop her skills in this area of life and record her performance advancements.
For example, in many sports, how fast you can run is very important. The pre-teen can use a journal to monitor her daily running speeds and even write about techniques that prove either successful or unsuccessful. In this sense, the journal can become a way for the preteen to observe and improve themselves. When we make successful progress at any endeavor it improves our self-esteem and confidence.
If a pre-teen has a talent in the arts they may find it helpful to use a journal to express and explore their ideas. Talented artists, book authors, and songwriters not only use a journal to document their experiences but also to help them clarify lyrics, develop characters for their novels and to process creative thoughts and ideas.
Your tween doesn’t necessarily need to have an inclination for the arts to use a journal to explore their ideas. Writing our ideas in a journal grants us the opportunity to externally express them and to define ways to make them a reality. Ideas can turn into goals. When we work toward accomplishing goals we feel good about ourselves, especially when we successfully reach them. Journaling can be an effective way for your pre-teen to identify their ideas and to plan ways to make them a reality.
“I believe that every person is born with talent.”
~ Maya Angelou
School has a lot to do with the development of a pre-teen’s talents, traits and qualities. In fact, most school-age children spend most of their time in school and/or school related ventures, including homework. For your pre-teen the journal can be a place where the lessons they learn in the classroom are merged with their existing knowledge and abilities.
For example, questions about a particular topic of interest may be recorded and then be answered at a later time, all in the journal. Albert Einstein maintained a journal of his studies and thoughts, which no doubt aided in the development of his talent for learning and his becoming one of the most intelligent people of our time.
Journaling also develops our intelligence through the cultivation of our creativity and intuition.