Inspire And Encourage Your Kids With The Perfect Writing Space
Educational psychologist KH Kim is concerned about our kids. Specifically, the declining creativity in the US as kids juggle school tests with lots of afterschool activities and very little free time. According to Kim, one of the best things a creative person can be given is the space and freedom to be creative, with flexibility and opportunities for inspiration.
With this in mind, perhaps you’re thinking about your budding writer, and wondering how you can help encourage their love of journaling? There’s no doubt that writing can help build confidence and self-esteem, but seeing that you also value it highly enough to help them create the perfect space for doing it, will really encourage your child and help them feel supported.
But we don’t have any space!
Don’t worry. A writing space doesn’t have to be enormous. It just has to be purposeful. Even a corner of a room can be transformed once it has a clear purpose.
A recent feature on several famous authors’ writing spaces revealed that there is no such thing as the perfectly sized room. Work with what you have. The space underneath cabin beds can be an ideal writer’s nook, as can a comfy chair in a quiet corner. You could even sweep the cobwebs out of the shed in the yard, give it a coat of paint and you’re halfway there.
Basic furnishings to get started
Data from the American Chiropractic Association shows that 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. Kids are already carrying heavy backpacks and looking down at phones or tablets regularly, so it’s crucial to ensure that they are sitting comfortably when they complete homework and do their journaling. A desk that gives you the flexibility to adapt it as they grow, such as an adjustable ergonomic desk, is a priority purchase for any budding writer. You should also ensure that their chair is comfortable and that the lighting is good. Natural light is ideal, but you will also need a good option for those night owls when inspiration arrives.
Surroundings that inspire
Very few people get to write with an ocean view; your child may have to improvise with a poster! Indoor plants can boost their mood and improve concentration. You could also write up quotes from authors or other artists to inspire and encourage your writer. If your child has created a visioning collage, this is a great place to display it.
Another handy feature may be to write up any commonly used words which your child finds difficult to spell, or some juicy adjectives or verbs to help them make their writing more interesting. Let your child design this space with you; after all, it’s their mind which will flourish there.
Creating the perfect writing space for your child can be a really rewarding project. It shows them just how much you support their hobby and gives you the reassurance that they are doing so comfortably and safely. Involve them in the planning so that they end up with a space they have co-created and can take real pride in. Then step back and watch as your child lets their imagination take flight.
Kids Writing Ideas on Self Esteem
As stated earlier in this article, journaling is a fabulous way to help kids develop their self-esteem because it encourages reflection, offers confidence, provides stability, and promotes creativity. When children keep a journal, they become more aware of their own feelings and grow more comfortable in expressing their ideas.
In the list of journal prompts below, children are encouraged to reflect on the positive aspects of their lives.
- How do you feel when you journal regularly?
- What is it like to try something new?
- Do you ever have trouble making decisions? How can you work to make choices more quickly and with more confidence?
- Write about three things that make you happy. How can you spend more time on these things each day?
- What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
- Why is it important to have high self-esteem?
- Think of something that you would like to do better. How can you work to improve?
- How do you feel when someone gives you a compliment?
- What types of things make you feel confident?
- Why is it important to spend time with people who appreciate your best qualities?
- How do positive thoughts promote confidence?
- Write about a unique quality you have that makes you special.
- Write down five things that define who you are, listing them as “I am ____,” statements. Take a few minutes to think about each one. Which quality feels the best?
- Write about a time when you did something you were afraid to try. How did you feel afterward?
- When you’re feeling confident, what emotions do you experience?
- Write about a person you admire. What qualities do you have in common with this person?
- What is your favorite thing to do? How do you feel when you work on this activity?
- What does it feel like when someone recognizes something you worked hard to do?
- What makes you feel like a strong person?
- What do you do when you see a classmate struggling with something?
- Of the people in your life, who makes you feel the most confident?
- Name three qualities you love about yourself.
- How do you think other people see you?
- What is self esteem?
See the Full List of Self Esteem Journal Prompts for Kids Here
Until next time, keep on writing…