Why your kids should be journaling…and doodling

by This is Carrie on September 28, 2012

I don’t know about your kids, but my kids LOVE talking about themselves. I think that’s why they love journaling so much. A journal is always there to listen to whatever they have to say.  Some journals even ask questions. Not one journal ever judges their answers. 

Here’s why I love seeing my kids write in their journals:

  • Journaling takes a snapshot of thinking, language, and writing development that a child can look back on and see how they have grown.
  • Starting to journal while young can lead to a healthy habit into their teen and adult years.
  • Scheduling “journal time” with my small children who aren’t old enough to read or write ensures precious and quality one-on-one time.
  • It’s a great opportunity to stretch their imagination and practice writing skills.
  • Journaling can help release fear, frustration and anxiety as well as promote self-awareness and increase self-esteem.
  • My kids’  journals help me remember who they were “back then”, because man they grow up fast
  • They are helping me do the work of preserving our family memories.
  • Unlike a photograph, a journal is a piece of who a child is, not just what they look like.

Our love of journaling is what drew the girls and I to this great Klutz Book: The Doodle Journal.  It marries the benefits of journaling with the creativity of doodling and adds in the kookiness of doing it all with a white pen.  Klutz is so good at kooky.

There are some that might dismiss doodling as nothing more than a mindless, time wasting activity, but there a study that suggests that idly doodling helps people pay attention and retain more information. The great artist, Henri Matisse said, “To draw is to make an idea precise.”

Just take a look at that bright idea Princess came up with in no time at all: a water proof shirt to wear on the water rides at Disneyland. Brilliant, don’t you think?

The Doodle Journal is full of doodle starters to spark creativity. One of my favorite pages is called “Me from A to Z”. That page along takes a snapshot (and not the camera kind) of your child right at that moment. Like I said before, it’s a piece of who your child is, not just what they look like. That is priceless.

To learn more, you can like Klutz on Facebook or visit Klutz.com to browse all their fun titles which are now packaged in easier to wrap shapes.

If you love Klutz as much as we do, enter the Wrap It Up With Klutz! Sweepstakes every week until November 26th for a chance to win some prizes too! Ten winners each week win 10 Klutz Titles!

Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be a Klutz Books Ambassador for this holiday season. I’ve been a Klutz fan since I was a kid when I got my first Klutz book about games you can play with a Koosh Ball. Yes, I’m that old.  I’ve bought numerous Klutz books for my kids and others over the years. They are definitely my “go to” birthday & holiday gift. While I received compensation as well as a gift or sample of a Klutz product for consideration in preparing to write this content, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  I assure youm y undying love and adoration for the Klutz brand was not bought, it was cultivated over 20 years o great and real experiences with the company.

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Liliana Muñoz Sibaja September 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Soy de Costa Rica, me encanta todo lo que hacen, todo muy útil y necesario, muchas felicidades.

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Angie February 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

Hi…I’m a newly called activity day leader and we are doing an activity on journaling. I’m using some of your 8 reasons to journal for my list of journaling ideas for my girls. I’m an avid journal writer so I loved your ideas and comments. I started my first “diary” when I was 12. I’m now in my 40′s!
P.S. I love being a Mormon too: )

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