Why Get a Kids Journal?
What is Journaling?
Journaling might be new to you so this page will help you understand what it is and why it's helpful for children and adults alike.
The act of journaling is simply writing down your thoughts and feelings in order to understand them more clearly.
By writing down what you think and feel, you allow yourself the time to process what's in your head. By getting everything down on paper it also gives you a chance to reflect on what is making you feel the way you feel.
Once you can identify the things in your life that are making you feel down, it gives you the power to change those things and improve your life. The same thing happens when you identify the elements of your life that make you happy.
Journaling provides a sense of perspective and can reframe your outlook on life to be more positive.
Why journal for kids?
For children, it can be difficult to express how they feel and giving them a journal with empty pages may not be the most helpful thing for them either. Depending on their age, it could be very difficult to know how to fill the empty pages with words about their thoughts and feelings.
Guided journals however can be extremely helpful for children and can help them manage their emotions, reduce stress, and help them get to know themselves better.
Guided journals for kids ask them questions that they can answer. They include exercises and activities. Many journals for younger children also include illustrations to help explain more complex topics for children.
Where can I get a kids journal?
There are a few kids journals on the market for various different outcomes.
- The ETCH Journal
- Between Mom and Me: Mother son journal
- Q & A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal
- Time Capsule: A seriously awesome kid's journal
- Choose Kind Journal: Do One Wonderful Thing Every Day
How to teach your kids to journal
Have a consistent time of the day to write in their journals, make it daily or at the very least weekly.
Let them draw pictures about their day instead of writing about it if they're not in the mood to write.
Make sure they draw a face of how they feel as well as what they did. If they don't want to draw, try showing them a few facial expressions and let them pick the one that matches how the feel. Bear in mind they could feel more than one emotion in one day.
- Don't correct spelling, grammar or drawing skills. They should feel like there is no judgement at journaling time. This will help them feel safe when they share their feelings, especially if they're negative.