why-your-child-should-keep-a-diary

Dear Diary…

Is there any good about you? 

A new notebook, school assignment, or cartoon character may be the reason why your child is keeping a diary. We all know what diaries are, but not so much about their hidden benefits. Writing a diary is more than just a way to keep a record of daily activities. The habit of journaling everyday life, thoughts, and feelings will help in stimulating their little minds – encouraging personal growth and accruing educational benefits over time.

Does your child keep a diary? If the answer is no, you may want to consider getting them started on one after learning about its values.

1. Healthy Mind

Daily reflection builds a healthy mind. When your child recounts an incident that happened in school or a weekend with their grandparents, a diary provides them with a safe outlet to release their emotions. 

Knowing how to express emotions is a vital life skill. Whether they are happy, upset, excited, or disappointed, projecting their emotions on a written diary can help them to sort out and understand their feelings more clearly. Sharing and jotting down what they have achieved promotes their self-esteem while releasing frustrations and concerns will aid in reducing the stress that your child may be facing. Either way, it will encourage emotional maturity and build resilience.

As parents and caregivers, we try our best to listen and be involved in our children’s lives. However, a diary gives them a wonderful opportunity for some quiet time and self-reflection – without any interruptions to their thought process.  

2. Learning from the past

What do you remember from your childhood? Past memories may be fleeting as we keep ourselves fixated on current expectations. Hence, it is easy to forget what we have originally set out to do. As your child rapidly grows up, it is even more probable that they find it hard to keep track of past events and the resolutions they made. Aspirations? Goals? – Did they exist? 

Keeping a record of past events will not only allow your child to reminisce fond memories and laugh at cringe-worthy moments, but it also serves as a reminder for past failures and learning points. Revisiting the diary is like meeting an old friend once again. It allows your child to reconnect with their former self and provides a reference point for future growth and development. 

3. Educational benefits

Keeping a diary is the perfect opportunity for your child to practice writing apart from what they are already doing in school. Learning how to put their feelings and thoughts into words will strengthen their literary competency. Besides, writing regularly also helps to enhance their communication skills and develop confidence in their own writing ability as time goes by.

A diary has no fixed requirements. There isn’t a rule book that says what your child should or shouldn’t write about. It is unfiltered, raw, and transparent – unlike the usual writing assignments given out in school. Your child has the freedom to explore different narrating styles, experiment with their creativity and imagination, as well as choose their very own content. This would definitely make writing more fun and pleasurable for them.

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The habit of keeping a diary is certainly not outdated. Surprise your child with an attractive notebook and get them interested in writing! 

Reference List:

1. Musgrave, Ruth A. “Why Your Child Needs to Start Journaling Now.” National Geographic, 14 May 2020, www.nationalgeographic.com/family/2020/05/why-your-child-needs-to-start-journaling-now-coronavirus/

2. Ross, Ashley. “Looking Back on Your Old Diary Is a Thing.” TIME, 2 June 2016, https://time.com/4354975/revisit-old-diary/ 

3. Thomas, James. “Three Reasons You Should Encourage Your Child to Keep a Diary.” Room to Grow UK, 26 June 2018, www.roomtogrow.co.uk/blog/three-reasons-you-should-encourage-your-child-to-keep-a-diary/ .

4. “8 Great Reasons for Your Child to Keep a Diary.” Theschoolrun.com, www.theschoolrun.com/diary-writing-for-children