I have always loved journaling and writing. For me, its always been a place where I can get creative and express my thoughts without filter. In the past I have started journals with friends. They would keep it for a period of time and then we would switch. It was always so exciting reading their entries. When I began having kids I knew for sure that I wanted to start a family journal where we could all share our thoughts. A safe place that would help us all connect in a different way. I have been waiting patiently until all the kids could read and write and I’m happy to say the time has finally arrived. I shared the idea with the kids last night and they were just as excited, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Other than the opportunity to connect and express our thoughts, journaling also has other benefits for children.
1. Helps to improve writing skills
The more kids are able to practice writing, the better they will get. Frequent journaling will give them more opportunities to practice spelling, punctuation and printing/handwriting.
2. Can help improve self esteem
Journaling can be a great way for kids to increase their self esteem by allowing them to reflect, release negative thoughts, and helps creates space to identify goals.
3. Improves communication skills
It can often be hard for children to verbalize their feelings orally, so journaling, using either words or drawing pictures can be a great way for them to express themselves. Laying out different feelings and experiences on paper can also help children understand themselves more.
4. Improves focus
Journaling helps you focus on one thing at a time. Children often have many ideas their head, and writing it down allows them to see it in one place, and prioritize what is most important.
5. Promotes mental wellness
Journaling is a great way to clear your mind. Writing down feelings can be a great way to release any thoughts weighing you down. Journaling is also an excellent way to process feelings. Reading journal entries help make important connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Journaling also stimulates mindfulness helping you remain present and attentive to your thoughts.
Below is the first journal entry. I cannot wait to read and document all of our memories as a family.