Diaries and journals have been kept by people for centuries. Some have become very famous, such as The Diary of Anne Frank. Others have provided insight into the history of people and places. Although your child probably will not create a diary that everyone wants to read, they will derive pleasure from daily recording the events in their lives. No matter how old your child is, they can derive many benefits from keeping a diary. This article presents three reasons you should encourage your child to keep a diary.
When your child keeps a diary, they capture activities they participated in and how they felt at the time. Looking back at what they accomplished and their feelings can serve as a touchpoint for future events. Additionally, it helps them remember childhood events, the memory of which may slip away as the years pass. Your child will be able to recapture childhood memories and examine them more deeply as they get older.
The act of writing engages the brain. In order to write, your child must think. Writing in a diary daily encourages reflection and engagement. As you child matures and their writing becomes more detailed, they will learn to process and communicate complex ideas effectively. Daily journal or diary writing also helps your child learn to break down complex experiences into relevant, useful bits of information; thus enhancing organizational skills.
Writing in a diary helps reduce stress. Recording feelings in a diary gives your child a safe, cathartic way to release their emotions. Your child can record and relive events they have experienced without the fear of any negative consequences for doing so. Additionally, keeping a diary and recording life events can increase a child’s self-esteem.
Frequently, teens and tweens experience emotional problems and an older child with a diary is less likely to feel lonely and isolated. They are able to have written “conversations” with themselves, which can help them sort out their feelings and reflect on their lives.
To make your child’s diary writing a positive experience, allot a fixed time each day or week to write in the journal. Also, make sure your child notes the date and time on each page or for each entry.
A diary is a great way for your child to express their emotions and share all the activities they participate in and the ideas they have buzzing in their heads. Keeping a diary helps mold your child’s personality, so start when your child is young encouraging them to keep a diary.