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Kids have a lot of big emotions and sometimes struggle with how to express them. Of course, as parents it’s our job to listen and be supportive, but sometimes kids need another way to blow off that emotional steam.
Encouraging kids to journal is a great way to get them in touch with their feelings and express their emotions in a healthy way. Journaling also is a way to practice mindfulness, which helps kids become more focused, reduce anxiety, and learn better. In fact, kids who practice mindfulness, “learn how to pause and respond to situations rather than react,” says mindfulness educator, Danielle Mahoney, in an article on Parents. “They have a better understanding of the ways that their brains work and have an increased sense of curiosity and wonder about their own thoughts, emotions, and body sensations.” Now more than ever kids need to feel safe and in touch with their emotions, and journaling is a great way to do just that.
We also know it can be challenging to get kids to write down everything they are thinking and feeling, especially when they may experience scary and uncertain thoughts. That’s why guided journals are a fantastic way for kids to begin the process of journaling. Guided journals have written prompts that will inspire kids to write and document each day.
Below, see our picks for the best guided journals for kids.