1. Promotes Independence
As children get older, some want to rely less and less on their family to feel more independent. A locked journal gives them just that by creating a sense of control and authority over an object that’s all their own.
2. Refines Spelling
Learning is more enjoyable when you don’t even realize you’re doing it. When journaling, there’s no grading rubric or red pen corrections. There are just pages of possibilities. It takes the pressure off of spelling and lets kids make improvements at their own pace.
3. Identifies Emotions
While everyone has emotions, not everyone can identify or express what that emotion is. Journaling helps kids become aware of their own experiences, feelings, and individuality. This kind of self-dialogue can let little ones reflect on their day by concluding what they’ve learned about themselves.
4. Improves Communication
In its simplest form, communication consists of three parts - sender, receiver, and message. The message needs to be understood by both the sender and the receiver. Kids can better send/receive messages if they learn about perspective. Journaling gives children the chance to better understand perspective by writing about how other people appear, sound, and act.
5. Relieves Stress
Sometimes, kids need to let it all out! However, kids aren’t always keen to talk about their problems to someone. That’s why journaling is an optimal safe space. They can talk about frustrations or embarrassments without actually saying it out loud.
6. Inspires Creativity
Journaling doesn’t stop at writing - it involves scrapbooking as well! Kids can bust out colors and get to work on some beautiful visuals or silly doodles. They can stamp, sticker, and tape their heart out! When you buy a journal, you’re not buying paper; you’re buying a blank canvas.
7. Solidifies Memories
It’s hard to remember everything- especially if it happened more than a couple of days ago. Writing things down not only tells your brain that it is important, but it also helps solidify that memory without looking back at the calligraphy.
8. Stimulates Mindfulness
In a world where culture is heavily focused on the future, it can be challenging to focus on anything in the present. However, journaling lets children pay attention to their surroundings in their current state, therefore, stimulating mindfulness.