Author: Andrea Smith
My mother wrote journals for years, in fact, on the run up to her death, she wrote in four different books on subsequent nights, to leave her legacy to her children. It can be comforting to look back over my mother’s words, even though she has now been dead for 12 years. She was a poet, a wife, a mother, a pianist, a Christian and she never once stopped worrying about and caring for her family.
I’ve read her thoughts about me when I was pregnant and she was concerned for my health and welfare; and her worries for my brother when he was visited by financial problems. It is reassuring her read her words as every prayer she made is written on each page, but this is how journals help us as adults; how would keeping a journal benefit a child?
My daughter received a very nice leather-bound spiral book for Christmas. This book is lovely with sections of lined and unlined paper so that she can add pictures if she wants. Sometimes children need something to confide in, something that isn’t going to ask questions, something that isn’t going to criticize or give them grief and a diary or journal is a very good way of getting them to air any problems they might have.
So what are the benefits of your child keeping a diary?
My daughter put an entry in her journal yesterday… “I found out what school I will be going to in September today, and I am so happy!” I’ll remind her of that in a few years when she has hours and hours of homework and gets no time to do any of her favorite activities or see friends.