You might have had a diary as a child, as many young children did back in the pre- and early-internet days. If you did, you likely have some fond memories of writing in your diary. You might have even had a little lock for it. 🙂
These days, however, kids are less likely to write in a diary or journal. After all, they’re too distracted by all of their devices. But one of the best things you can do for your kids is to teach them how to journal at a young age. It will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Here are some fun ways to get your child involved with a particular type of writing that will help them focus on the good things in life– abundance journaling:
Create a Parent/Child Journaling Tradition
Set up a time when you will sit together, drink your favorite drinks, and write in your abundance journals. This could be a weekly or daily tradition. Over time, have a discussion about the benefits you are each getting out of the practice.
Give Your Child a Journaling Challenge Each Week
At the beginning of the week, give them a journaling prompt to work on for the week. Then, at the end of the week, ask to read their journal and share what you enjoyed about what they wrote with them. You can start with abundance journaling prompts like gratitude lists and manifestation lists, and here are 300 children’s journaling prompts ideas for when you want some variety.
Have Your Child Create a Running List of Gratitude
One of the easiest ways to get children interested in journaling is to have them create a gratitude journal. Each night while they are in bed, have them write down three things they are thankful for. You might consider doing this alongside them and then you can both talk about what you are grateful for.
Inspire Your Child to Record All of Their Hopes & Dreams
Especially if your child is struggling to see the fun in journaling, this activity can help turn it around for them. After all, it’s fun to record our dreams and aspirations. It’s even more fun when they get to check off the dreams that came true!
Explain the Benefits
Go over all the benefits of abundance journaling with your child and then add journaling with them into your schedule. Here are some of the benefits you can discuss:
- Helps you attract the stuff you want to you.
- Helps you achieve your goals and dreams.
- Helps you track things you are doing.
- Helps you record ideas.
- Helps you understand yourself and things that are happening in your life.
- Helps you express your creativity.
- Helps you relax.
- Helps you remember things.
Turn the Journal Into a Companion
Buy your child a journal they absolutely love and then inspire them to carry it with them everywhere (maybe not to school, but everywhere else). Explain to them all the different ways they can use their journal throughout the day. Here are some ideas:
- Write down fun or interesting things that happen
- Doodle or draw
- Write poems when you are feeling creative
- Write down things you don’t want to forget
- Record ideas that come to you or new things you want to do or have
- Note how someone helped you or how you are blessed
- Write down new realizations or things you learn
- Write a stream of consciousness (words that make no sense because you just write whatever comes to your mind) – this is a fun pastime
Encourage Your Child to Journal During Difficult Times
Getting your feelings out when things are tough at home or school can be extremely helpful for children. And when we remove energy blockages in our bodies by letting out the stuck negative energy, we open ourselves up to more abundance.
If you start a journaling practice now with your children, they will develop a skill that they can turn to over and over again in their lives to help them make mature decisions, work through their feelings, and attract all the wonderful things they want.