Have you ever kept a journal or written things down when your emotions get to you or you had a long day? It’s a great way to keep track of life and super useful for busy adults to spend a moment thinking about themselves. However, this practice is also really beneficial for kids as well. Today I’m sharing with you some of the great benefits of encouraging journaling in kids’ lives.
Benefits of Encouraging Journaling in Kids
The first and most obvious benefit of this idea is that it will improve your child’s writing skills. Even though journaling isn’t focusing on particular grammar or writing skills, by writing more often kids are inherently gaining skill and practice in writing.
If you share a journal with your child or they use a journal as a way to tell you about their day or feelings, it’s a great way to build trust. Some parents use journaling as a way to encourage healthy expression in kids and understand a child’s emotions better.
It Can Encourage Imagination
Writing in a journal doesn’t have to be writing out emotions, happenings, or thoughts. It can be fun! You can encourage your child to keep a journal for writing stories, which gives them a great outlet for creativity and keeps their imagination strong.
Improved Emotional Health
Being able to write about and confront thoughts or emotions is a really great skill to have and causes a lot of improvement in emotional wellbeing. Kids learn how to discuss their feelings healthily and have a good coping method for hard times.
Keeps Them Occupied
Sometimes, you may want a break from the chaos and kid’s babble. Encouraging writing is a great way to occupy children in a positive way while they’re improving skills rather than them watching TV or some mindless activity.
Writing things down can actually help improve the mind and memory functions. If your child is improving their memory through journaling while they’re developing, it ensures memory skills will be stronger as they grow.
Teaching your kids to use writing as a positive outlet is something that can be helpful for them for the entire rest of their life. Parents want to give kids the best chance in life, and giving them positive tools for the future such as this is a great way to do so.
Hopefully, this gives you some great incentive in trying this practice with your kids or helps reinforce those already doing so. The list of benefits for this practice is much longer than what’s here, but these are all important and great ones to keep in mind. Have you ever considered teaching your kids to journal or done so? It may be a really great idea!