Dear Diary: How to Encourage your Child to Keep a Daily Diary

Posted on 25/09/2019 by Room to Grow
Education, Learning, Room to Grow

Young girl wears a pink hat and top while writing in a diary.

Diary writing has been a popular pastime for years; it provides a keepsake for both an individual and can even give an insight into history. There are many benefits to keeping a diary, especially for children. Putting pen to paper allows them to create a lasting record of events that they can look back on and remember what they were doing and how they were feeling at a certain time. It can also help to stimulate the mind as the act of writing engages the brain; in addition to this, it can also help to reduce stress as it provides emotional release.

With so many benefits related to diary writing, it is a wonder we all don’t keep one. To help get your child into diary writing there are a few essentials you’ll need first, such as, a desk where they can relax and unwind before getting started with their diary entry, a lamp so that they can see what they are doing and most importantly a diary and a pen. In addition to these items, there are a few ways you can encourage diary writing so that they really get the most out of it.

1. Make it Interesting

We’ve already mentioned giving them the tools they need to keep a diary, but it is advisable to get them an exciting diary and even an interesting pen. Having something a little different or even luxurious will help to feel like writing in their diary is something really special and exciting which will encourage them to do it more often.

2. Use a Variety of Techniques

Although writing is encouraged, you can use other techniques intertwined. Younger children especially can be encouraged to draw pictures to represent their day, and even older children can incorporate a mixture of pictures and words to express their day and feelings.

3. Let Them Keep it Private

If you truly want to allow them to use their diary as an emotional release, it could be a good idea to let them keep it private so that they feel comfortable to do so. There is no need to read their diary unless you have genuine concerns for their wellbeing.

4. Use Books to Encourage Them

Reading books in which the main character keeps a diary can be encouraging to children; they may see it as inspiration for their own writing.

5. Use a Diary Yourself

You may not want to start an entire diary yourself, but it is always a good option for adults too. If not, have a diary to write other things in such as to-do lists or shopping lists; it just helps for children to see you doing it so they will want to copy.

Writing about our feelings and emotions can be really therapeutic and helpful in expressing them and the same goes for children. It provides a release for them at the end of the day and can then be kept as a way of looking back and seeing how far they’ve come.

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