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Having a journal for young children is seen as a staple, especially when they’re relied on heavily in TV shows and films. These have actually helped to normalise the practice of keeping a hold of a diary to log thoughts and feelings.
In this guide from a private school in London, we take a look at the biggest benefits that journaling brings to kids and how continuing with it can greatly help their skills beyond the classroom.
Improves a child’s awareness
Writing down your own thoughts and feelings is bound to develop anyone’s thought processes and become more aware of how they think and respond to things. There’s a lot to be said about writing down your process and how it helps your child learn to pick up signals, mannerisms and break down how they’re feeling.
By writing down how a process works in your mind, you’re more likely to be able to work out how a problem can be managed on your own terms. Children will then be able to be more confident in their abilities, and more likely to be able to identify their feelings and emotions.
Improves your child’s writing skills
Writing is going to take up the most time when your child is regularly writing in their journal. They’re able to look at their grammar and spelling and make changes to continually improve their skills. They’re going to be able to pick up errors more often if they’re regularly picking up their pen, as the skills they learn in the classroom will transfer to their journal easily.
Teaches your child about independence
Privacy and independence are big parts to a child’s development. Parents should be teaching their children about privacy and having their own space, as well as providing a safe space for a child to be able to express themselves. Your child also gets to learn about responsibility, honesty and their self worth through regularly writing in their diary.