Help Children Journal–
Journaling has many great benefits for the growing pre-teen. However, journaling is also partly about creating a new habit. The development of new habits can be a challenge for many young pre-teen people just as it is with many adults. In real terms, the development of new habits are a challenge for practically everyone, but our support networks can help us achieve the change we seek.
Parents of a pre-teen are in a very influential position when it comes to helping their pre-teen develop new habits. This is especially true in the case of the pre-teen who earnestly listens and applies the advice and/or encouragement of their parents. What follows are some ideas parents can employ to encourage and help their pre-teen in establishing a consistent practice of journal writing.
Keeping a Journal– Journal Together
Many parents of pre-teens maintain a journal themselves. And as all consistent journal writers know, journaling is generally a private activity that is done alone in a place of comfort and seclusion. But journaling parents can encourage their pre-teens to take up the practice of journaling by setting aside a specific time, and maybe even a place, that both the parent and pre-teen can journal at the same time.
It is not necessary that the parent and pre-teen write at the same place, like the kitchen table for example. In fact designating a common location could hamper the freedom of writing for the pre-teen. But for other pre-teens having a common locality, along with a time, can be an encouragement by the mere fact of the parent setting an example and spending quality time with their child.
Keeping a Journal– Help Your Pre-teen to Create a Special Private Place
Ideally, you want your pre-teen to find their own place to write in their journals. Most pre-teens who are interested in maintaining a journal will want to write within the privacy and security of their room. However, if the pre-teen doesn’t have a comfortable place to write within their room they may start but could become inconsistent with the practice of journaling.
One way a parent can encourage their pre-teen with their journaling is to help them establish a comfortable writing situation within the place the child wants to write. Maybe a rearrangement of the pre-teen’s room will be what is necessary. Or even perhaps the purchase of a desk that accommodates the writing needs of your pre-teen will be what encourages them to be consistent about writing in their journal.
Keeping a Journal–Purchase a Special Journal or Diary for Your Pre-teen
Another way a parent can encourage their pre-teen to develop the practice of writing in their journal is to buy them a special journal or diary. Many stationary stores carry a wide variety of journals and diaries for your pre-teen to choose from. For some pre-teens absolute privacy is very important and in such cases journals can be purchased with locks on them.
Keeping a Journal– The Point Is Helping Your Pre-Teen Establish Consistency
Journal writing comes down to consistency. Journaling is not about style or writing ability, but more about the desire to write about what one sees, thinks, and feels on a consistent basis. Initially, it takes time and practice to establish this consistency. As a parent of a pre-teen there are things that you can do to help your child develop a regular practice of writing. We have looked at some of what you can do.