Preteen Journal Writing—
Growing and developing can be a challenge for any pre-teen. There are many things that a pre-teen experiences as they develop and mature into the teenage years. The journal or diary can provide the pre-teen with a way to transcend this growing experience into a less threatening prospect and into a more gratifying event with many internal rewards. Let’s take a look at some of the rewards that a journal or diary can provide.
1. Get to Know Oneself First and foremost, maintaining a journal or diary can enhance the pre-teen’s personal growth and development. When the pre-teen records significant events and experiences in a journal or diary they get an opportunity to observe how they grow, change and mature into teenagers. Through this self-observation, the pre-teen can make adjustments in their lives to meet personal and social goals. There is no better way to develop oneself than to be able to see and interact with oneself.
This brings us to another advantage:
Many young people may think of interaction as something they do with other people. This, in fact, is true. But we also interact with ourselves. Each of us carries on an internal dialog with ourselves every day, processing thoughts and feelings and making this or that decision. Recording this internal dialog is one way to make better decisions and changes because the pre-teen can then develop a clearer picture and understanding of themselves and their environment. With personal insight one has a better opportunity to become the person they were meant to be.
3. Working through Problems
Recording internal dialog can become a proactive way for the pre-teen to process troubling thoughts or events also, thus helping them to develop more of a psychological balance. Some pre-teens may not have someone to talk to or feel more comfortable expressing themselves through some recording media, whether that be writing the thoughts out on paper, typing them into a computer, or talking about them into a tape recorder.
A journal or diary can also be used to record dreams. For many preteens, dream recording can help them understand their life more clearly or even inspire other writing and creative activities. Maintaining a dream record can be a very enlightening experience, allowing the pre-teen to see into pre-conscious thoughts and deeper life meanings. Pre-teens who maintain a dream record may want to keep their journal or diary near their nightstand so that they can record their dream immediately upon waking up.
5. Life Records
Journals and diaries can also be used as means to record one’s life experience to produce an autobiography, memoir, or life story. Although for some people their journal or diary may be personal and intimate, not to be shared, many other people have written excellent accounts of their life from their journal or diary. Journals and diaries used for these purposes can be beneficial and inspiring to others and may even be published.
Our internal thought processes are an important aspect of who we are and what we want to become. By recording them into a journal or diary we become more interactive with ourselves, which is perhaps the most important interaction that we can have.