Journaling is becoming more mainstream and it’s not just reserved for keeping secrets under lock and key. Journaling is more of an art form and healing too. There are so many benefits of encouraging your young adult to journal…
- Helps your teen with writing skills.
- Encourages and fosters creativity.
- Gives them an outlet to express themselves.
- A tool for your young adult’s self-development and actualization.
- Can assist in making decisions by making pro and con arguments.
- Can create a time capsule that your young adult can keep into adulthood.
- For storytelling or writing prose. Give your young adult a place to record story ideas, poems, or lyrics.
“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go”. ~ E. L. Doctorow
Four tips to setting up a journal practice for your young adult…
- Let your young adult choose a journal that expresses their personality. Choosing one in their favourite colour or with a design that is meaningful to them will go one step further in making it special for them.
- Help them to create a special ritual to make it time just for them, something that can be a lifelong habit.
- Allow them to do whatever they want using stickers, washi tapes, markers, stamps, ticket stubs, scraps and perhaps even a mini polaroid for them to attach pictures of special events.
- Respect their privacy. Allow your young adult to have a safe space to record their thoughts, feeling emotions fostering trust and respect
Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your young adult’s creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just encourage them to be honest, creative and stretch their imagination!
“You can make anything by writing.”~C.S. Lewis ”
What would happen if you could write something into existence? Would you write about a new pair of kicks or would you choose something larger, perhaps world peace?