Journaling. Evidence points to its existence since 10th century Japan. For decades, psychologists and researchers have studied the power journaling transfers to our human minds and bodies. There are multitudes of articles and blog posts outlining the many intellectual and social benefits associated with journaling.
For me, journaling is an important piece of my personal tale. My history: a treasured chronicle of special moments and life events. Thousands of pages, developed over decades, hold my thoughts and dreams, secure my fondest memories, and cradle my pain and fears. My only regret is that I did not start journaling sooner.
Imagine thumbing through the pages of a journal you made when you were only ten. Who were you then? What mattered? What worried your young self? What things made you laugh? Where did you go and what did you do? How interesting and revealing a peek at your past would provide!
Sure, by encouraging journaling for our children, we are:
And, yet, the true gift derived in doing so will not be realized for years and years to come. The true prize will come when our children experience their childhood once again from the eyes of their adult selves. Priceless.
Let me get you started! For ideas and resources on how to start a journal with your child, please visit me at www.writeonwebb.com. And, don't forget. Children mimic the values and habits of their parents. Are you keeping a journal? My favorite grown-up-journal has to be "The Five Minute Journal". If you want to know more about them, here is my affiliate link.