Cultivating the habit of writing in a journal every day or even a few times each week is a satisfying way to pass the time and helps you manage emotions and stress too. It can work for everyone from young children who are just learning how to express themselves in the written word as it is for teens, college students, working adults, and senior citizens. If you’re looking for some creative and meaningful family time, just grab a notebook and start. Read on for easy family writing journal ideas to inspire you!
Journaling for Kids
Journal writing in early elementary school typically pertains to things kids have learned or already know. Some ideas might include favorite animals, holiday memories, “What did you learn today?”, and an emphasis on drawing with accompanying words make sense. As kids grow older, they become more interested in learning to write to explore their feelings.
– What will life be like in five years?
– What animal would I like to be for one day?
– Why is my best friend the best? How can I be a great best friend too?
Journaling for Teens
Many teens like to write secret diary confessions and thoughts about personal experiences, but teens can also begin thinking about the bigger picture and the world around them. What do they think about the current pandemic situation, what’s going on in politics or global climate change? How would they rewrite an experience they had to make it better? Prompts that focus on positive views of their individual nature are great.
– What is your prized possession? Would you ever give it away and why?
– Could you have handled the last argument you got into better? How?
– Write about you from your best friend’s perspective.
Journaling for Young Adults
People who are just starting out in the world may have lots of stress and need to figure things out. Journaling at the end of the day can help find different viewpoints about things that went on in class or at work. Write about things learned in relationships with others and yourself. Consider lists of compliments you pay yourself, define success, or write down questions you need to know the answers to.
– What does it mean to be a good neighbor?
– List 5 ways something others (or you!) consider a waste of time can benefit you.
– What is your biggest stressor and how can you minimize it?
Journaling for Midlife
Don’t make your journal about your kids. Take this time to discover or re-discover yourself. Create a bucket list, reminisce about past adventures or events, and fully explore emotions tied to certain things in your life.
– What is the biggest contribution you have made to the world? Your family?
– What new technology do you love? Hate?
– If you could get advice from one person on Earth, who, and what would you ask
Journaling for Seniors
Looking back can be bittersweet and journaling about the people you have met, places you have seen, and things you have done can be an adventure all its own. Make an effort to look forward when writing in your journal as well. Do you have a plan or is it
time to fly free? What did you always want to tell a family member or friend?
– Write a letter to yourself at major life stages or events.
– Describe the place you have been where you felt most at home.
– What secrets are you keeping about yourself that people may be surprised to know?
– Make a plan for next week, month, and year.
Journal writing for all ages gives an outlet for creativity, self-examination, and a great way to deal with and reduce stress. Parents can start their children off young and encourage and model ongoing journaling through the years.
Go ahead and get started with these journal prompts or any thoughts and feelings that might enter your mind when you pick up a pen or fire up the computer in the morning.