Journaling Is Easy and Flexible For the Pre-Teen
From a practical perspective, journaling is an easy and flexible way for the pre-teen to express themselves in a constructive and productive manner. All that is needed is a recording device, the simplest form being a pad of paper and a pencil, for the pre-teen to start writing about their thoughts, feelings and their environment.
Another advantage of the journal is that it can be applied to practically any life situation. Some pre-teens may choose to use a journal for educational purposes, like a science project, while others may choose to use a journal to monitor sports related growth. And others still, girls for example, may use the journal or diary to record their relationships and personal development. The ways in which a journal can be used are numerous and one journal can be used for a variety of purposes. This is what makes the journal so flexible and popular – it has many applications.
Some pre-teens may think that they must have writing skill in order to maintain a journal. It is true that one should know how to write but this is the extent of the necessary skill involved in making entries into a journal. It is not necessary that the pre-teen be an expert in language usage. In fact, this kind of thinking not only can prevent the pre-teen from writing in a journal, but it can also make the experience labor intensive, in turn blocking free flowing expression of their thoughts and feelings. The most important thing for the pre-teen to keep in mind is to write in their personal style and processing techniques, without literary analysis and critique. Let the words just flow out of the mind and onto the paper.
Journaling also can playful, fun and even humorous. Although journaling can have moments of writing about those things that trouble or confuse the pre-teen the personal journal should be used to write about fun and happy things. This is a key element of journaling for the pre-teen who is seeking wholeness and a more balanced growing experience. Not all of life is a negative experience and the good should be recorded as much as anything else.
Journaling has another advantage. It’s self-starting, meaning all that is needed, aside from a recording device, is the desire to start making a record of whatever purpose the journal is being used for. In addition, once the pre-teen gets into the practice of maintaining their journal they will develop the motivation, perhaps even an excitement, to spend a little time keeping it up. It will become a time when the pre-teen can invest in themselves.
Investment into oneself and in personal growth is something that develops on its own as long as the pre-teen continually spends time writing in their journal. Over time, the investment bears the fruits of observable growth and development. When the pre-teen can actually see their own progress they will become even more motivated to achieve more.