Do you maintain a diary? Do your children maintain a diary? Do your friends maintain a diary? All of you should. The benefits of diary/journal writing are innumerable. Surely, it is a source of nostalgia, something you can go back to and read when you are old. But it’s also so much more than that. Let’s find out some of the benefits of maintaining a diary.
Improve Your Writing:
If you read our article on the different ways in which you can instill writing habits in your children, then you would know that maintaining a journal/diary is a sure shot way of vastly improving the quality of your child’s writing. Like almost every other thing, writing improves with practice. Writing in your journal at least a few times a week will teach your child how to structure their thoughts and communicate their ideas effectively.
Children are going through a lot, especially with the pandemic knocking on our doors and forcing their way in through our doors! It’s the age of stress, anxiety, pain and agony. It is a proven fact that journal writing is therapeutic. Writing about your troubles will help you let them go and replace them from your mind to the papers of your beloved diary.
Writing down things will help you retain them. Just like students who take lecture notes have a better memory, those who write journals will be able to recollect the things that happened in their life with more clarity. The act of writing with your hands boosts a collection of cells called the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which nudges your brain to put whatever you are writing on the center stage. When you write things down, your brain will treat it as an important thing that is meant to be remembered.
Learning from Experience:
You might have told your children that when they grow older they’ll also grow wiser because they would have learned a lot from their experience. Writing diary entries will help your child in this process. Learning from experience involves one important component-reflecting. Journaling about the things that happen in your life allows you to reflect on them and thereby learn from them in a much more meaningful and effective fashion. In other words, journaling makes experiences more productive.
Maintaining a diary will help your child keep track of their goals and ambitions. A diary entry can function as a to-do list and nudge your brain to put that on center-stage. Journaling will help you understand your priorities and affirm your goals. When you write down your goals and reflect upon them on a regular basis you are more likely to achieve them. This reflection will also help your child understand what is stopping them from achieving their goals, enabling them to overcome it so that the goal may be achieved. A journal is a personal review where your child can assess their successes and shortcomings.