Why is it Smart to have Children Keep Journals?

March 4th, 2016 watchmegrowdaycarecenter

Think back to a particular time of your life and see what you can remember. Is your memory a bit foggy? It’s not always easy to remember the particulars of what you were thinking, doing and experiencing years ago.


For many people, keeping a written journal is a good way to record memories and events. That way, later on in life, they can read their thoughts from a time long ago, and laugh, cry or feel some other emotion as they reminisce about the “good old days.”


Journaling is also a way to spot patterns in one’s life as well as keep track of progress toward goals that were set long ago. It’s smart to have children keep journals because then they’ll have something to reference years later when they wonder, “What was I like when I was younger?”


In a world where people post quick Facebook updates and send too many emails, there’s something to be said about an old-fashioned journal. No matter at what age the journal is started, one thing is for sure: it becomes a cherished document of a person’s life. No two journals are ever the same. Each is unique and special and endearing.


A child’s journal can have a specific focus, depending on their interests. For instance, an art journal could contain sketches and drawings through the years. Or a journal written on major holidays or vacations can be fun to do, as kids record the little details about people and places that won’t soon be forgotten. The most common journal, of course, is one that’s personal and shares feelings, emotions, and the day-to-day goings-on in a person’s world.


Imagine if you could glimpse into your own life at, say, age 7, if you had only written a journal back then? It would be like uncovering personal treasure or opening a time capsule from your past. Encourage your child to journal. They’ll thank you for it later.




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