Encouraging Children to Write a Diary
Keeping a diary is a wonderful way to hold onto today’s memories before they are forgotten. There also are developmental benefits to keeping a diary, be it daily, weekly or less often. Why not let your child choose a new notebook, some pens or pencils to enjoy using and encourage them to give it a go.
Taking the time to encourage your child to sit and write a diary will help with their development by supporting:
- Fine Motor Skills – even very young children can keep a picture diary and this will support their fine motor development which will help them when they come to write.
- Handwriting Skills – writing daily mean your child will have plenty of practice and their handwriting will become neater. They will also learn to use sentences and paragraphs and build up their own natural style.
- Reading Practice – reading back their own words will help them critique their writing by spotting any spelling or grammatical errors and if they have missed any words out.
- Commitment – writing regularly teaches consistency and gives them a routine to stick to and enjoy.
Children often struggle to put their emotions into words and when they are not ready to talk to you, writing in their diary can help them release any negative emotions and put their thoughts in order. They can:
- Write down any worries or problems they have and take some quiet time to calm down if angry or problem solve their issues.
- Put their thoughts into order so when they are ready to talk they will know what they want to say.
- Look back at previous events and concerns, allowing them to reflect on how they felt, how they handled the situation and how they can adapt their behaviour for the future.
If a daily journal or thought diary don’t suit your child then there are many types you can encourage your child to complete. This means children of all ages can enjoy this hobby and the benefits it brings to them. Match up the diary to their interests and they will be eager to get involved, you could suggest a:
- Holiday Diary – documenting their holiday, what they did, how they felt. A great keepsake to look back on.
- Nature, Weather or Art Diary – monitor the seasons, wildlife and environment around them or keep a book with sketches and drawings from their art sessions.
- Scientific Experiments Log – let budding scientists record their findings and plan what experiments they want to do next.
- Imagination Diary – sit back and allow their imagination to run wild as they write a ‘day in the life of’ a pirate, Queen, astronaut, or time traveller working their way through history.
However you choose to encourage your child to express themselves in a diary give them a place to write that is quiet and comfortable, the time to relax into their writing, and the tools and stationery needed to really enjoy the experience.
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Categorised in: Child development
This post was written by Oomar Mauthoor