As parents, it’s our job to help our children grow and develop into the best version of themselves. We often focus on the academic aspect of their growth, but there are many other skills that can help them become successful in life, such as writing and journaling. In 2023, why not start a family journaling practice with your school aged child? Starting a journaling routine in 2023 can benefit the entire family—especially you!
The benefits of journaling is a powerful tool that can help you and your child process emotions and gain perspective on any given situation. It encourages creative thinking and self-reflection and helps to boost problem-solving skills. Journaling also allows us to express ourselves without fear or judgement and has been known to improve mental health by allowing us to release negative thoughts or feelings onto paper instead of carrying them around inside our heads.
Journaling together with your child is a good practice to start in 2023. It is an excellent way to foster communication between the two of you. It gives you both an opportunity to discuss topics that may otherwise be avoided due to discomfort or lack of knowledge. You can set aside designated time each day for you and your child to write. My favorite time is at night...thoughts tend to flow more as we settle in and are more calm at the end of the day. Or when my girls have had a chance to reflect on the day.
Journaling will give them a safe space—free from judgement—to express their thoughts, feelings, ideas, dreams, etc, while also teaching them how to organize their thoughts through writing. In addition, reading each other's journal entries aloud gives you an insight into one another's inner worlds which can lead to deeper conversations about life experiences and lessons learned along the way. Through this process, both parties can gain clarity on difficult topics while also strengthening their bond with one another as mom and child.
Journaling is a great way for children to express their feelings without judgment. Writing down their thoughts gives kids a safe space where they can reflect on their emotions and experiences without fear of criticism or ridicule from peers. Plus, writing regularly helps build vocabulary and spelling skills as well as improves handwriting. This will help them academically both now and later in life. Journaling also encourages children to think about the world around them more critically, allowing them to gain perspective on how events affect their lives directly or indirectly. It helps develop their imagination by encouraging them to explore new ideas or stories that they might not have thought of before. And it builds self-discipline, which is an important trait for success later in life.
As a mom, we want what’s best for our children—but it’s also important to take care of ourselves too! Journaling can be just as beneficial for us as it is for our kids. By taking 10 minutes out of each day to write down your thoughts, you give yourself time away from all the responsibilities that come with parenting so that you can relax and recharge. It's a great way to work through any stress or anxiety you may be feeling while also providing insight into how you're really feeling about certain situations in your life. It's easy to get so caught up in taking care of our families that we forget about ourselves--so starting a journaling routine together could be just what both you and your child need!
Journaling is an excellent tool parents can use with school-aged children that teaches valuable life skills while fostering communication between parent and child. If you feel your relationship as mother and child needs strengthening and more connection starting a journaling could be the perfect activity. I know it helped open the lines of communication with my daughters when we started 5 years ago. I highly recommend it. It was also one of the reasons I started creating my own journals.
I would be thrilled if you would check my journals out by searching my full name (Lynn Zanidean) in Amazon's search bar. Have fun journaling and discovering more about yourself and your child(ren).
Here's just a few of my recently uploaded little notebooks.