Question | Should We Encourage Kids to Journal?
This weekend, as Dave and I were putting our basement back together after the long renovation, I ran across an old journal of mine—from when I was eight years old. Crazy. It featured a mix of short stories, musings, things I wanted to make and hopes for the future. Basically, it was a blog.
I showed it to the kids. There was one entry in particular my daughter found intriguing. The title: When I Grow Up. It was a list of things I’d teach my daughter when I became a mom. After we read it, I turned to Ellie and asked “How am I doing so far?” “Good!” she said. Then we both laughed and I’m pretty sure the universe folded in on itself. It was kind of surreal.
During our reorganizing, I also ran across a journal from my early 20s. Did you ever see the movie Tiny Furniture? In it, Lena Dunham’s character, Aura, reads her mother’s journals from when she was Aura’s age. They were filled with insecurities like, “Please let me get to my goal weight of 125 and be happy once I’m there.” Yeah, mine was like that. What do I want to do with my life? My job stresses me out. Yadda, yadda, yadda. I’m on the other side of my 30s now and in such a different place. So I pitched it.
But looking back at the journal from my childhood made me think I should encourage the kids to start a journal of their own.
What do you think? Do you journal? How about your kids? Are there any kid journals out there I should take a look at?