Journaling Is Great For Kids, Too

A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to “become”. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.
— Brad Wilcox

Journaling allows children a safe place to share all of their emotions.  In certain environments, specific emotions may not be safe to express.  Children learn from their surroundings what they are allowed to say or do without ridicule or judgement.  If a child does not feel safe expressing his or her emotions, journaling provides a safe outlet to share and process feelings.

Journaling allows children to express the things that they otherwise would not be able to say.  Sometimes in therapy, when children are having a difficult time answering hard questions, I ask them to write down their answers.  Writing  can feel safer than saying things the words out loud. 

Journaling is free of judgement.  Children have the ability to opportunity to draw and doodle the feelings that they may not have words to express.  Since child's vocabulary is not fully developed, drawing or coloring in a journal provides an outlet to express those feelings that they may not yet words to express.

So, what are you waiting for? Encourage your kids!  The more that children and adolescents learn that it is acceptable to express themselves, the more open they will be to talking to trusted adults, like you, about how they are feeling and what is going on in their lives.