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Diary Writing


Does your child keep a journal? There are many advantages to this habit. Read on.


The fast pace at which we lead our lives offers us no time to ruminate on our actions and their consequences. But by keeping a journal your child is forced to sit down and confront his actions. In addition, solutions to problems also often become apparent when the problems are in black and white. A journal also encourages you to write about your goals and aspirations, and helps to keep you focused. Although your child may be too young to have career aspirations as yet, the future is nearer than you think. Keeping a journal is a life-long habit which is often started in childhood. So, ten years down the line your child will be able to see things a lot more clearly after writing them down.

Various survey results show that people who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve them than those who don't. In a research conducted in Yale, only 5 percent of students of the class of 1953 wrote down their goals. And in 1973, twenty years later, this 5 percent owned 90 percent of the group's net worth. So one of the best things you would be teaching your child would be to write down his goals at every stage of life. So many people simply stumble through life without a plan. A few of these people strike it lucky, most of them don't. Others have a vague idea of what they want to do, and strive towards it in a general fashion. They are moderately successful. But those who write down their goals step-by-step are the ones who are most likely to shine. Encouraging your child to write a journal is a step in the 'write' direction.


In addition, keeping a journal also has these additional advantages:

Memory

By noting down the day's events in a journal every night, your child is forced to jog his memory as he recalls the events of the day. This exercise keeps the brain sharp and active, and it also increases memory. In fact, sitting down every evening and recalling the events of the day is a yogic exercise.


Privacy

Make sure you let your child know that his journal is his private property, and no one has the right to read it. In this manner, you will be inculcating a respect for privacy in your child. He learns that just as his privacy is respected, so also he will need to respect other people's right to privacy.


Honesty

Keeping a journal also encourages honesty, because rarely do people lie to their diary. Let your child know that there is really no point in lying as no one will be reading his diary but for himself.


Discipline

Sitting down every night and writing a page or two in your diary is a discipline by itself. Random writing every once in a while naturally does not lead to discipline, but it does lead to some great memories. But if your child is regular with his journal writing, he is likely to be regular with other matters as well.

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Mahesh.4 years ago
 
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over all good article.
 
 
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lakshmi.4 years ago
 
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a very good article but wwhat is the right age to make them start the habit.
 
 
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lakshmi.4 years ago
 
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a very good article but wwhat is the right age to make them start the habit.
 
 
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ratna.4 years ago
 
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make them start the habit when they are in the third standard or so.. they can start at any age they like.
 
 
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Seema.4 years ago
 
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i have kept a baby diary ever since the birth of my first baby. it's really neat to go back and read all the entries from time to time. i keep everything in the diary from when their ambilical cords fell off to, their first spanking.
 
 
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JYD.4 years ago
 
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i stumbled upon diary writing a year ago when i was 16, and its the best thing that happened to me. i learnt a lot about myself. this article is doing a great service by promoting diary writing.
 
 
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Suman Saurabh.4 years ago
 
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of the many links i went through on the this topic,this is the most lucid and focused one.
i am writing diary for the last 6 months.at times it becomes necessary to seek motivation when the monotonous phase of life takes away the zing out of diary writing.maintaining a habit productively requires diversification.
you should add more detail on the importance of 'introspective' type writing vis a vis the 'descriptive' type.i believe a judicious combination of both works,adjusted to the personality and situations.both have their benefit in childhood and adulthood alike.
for young children this habit has an additional value: it helps capture and relive the memories of childhood. it is a developmental panorama over time:including change in the perception and thought,memories and even change in handwriting! they become so valuable as time passes- justifying the adage "old is gold".
 
 
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On the issue.4 years ago
 
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i have been wrinting a diary since i was ten . i may not write in it daily but yes on some days i do . more than anyting , it is ab avebue for me to exhailate all feelings and just let out any thing i want to verbalise . ther are ofcourse the emotions that are shown by the many tear stained pages in the diary . well when i read through some enteries years and years hence ...... i often end up laughing at my own experiences . being more mature now i think of how foolish i'd been .
 
 
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i have been writing my diary for 4 years when i was 14. i keep my all honesty,sadness and happeness in it,
so i can go back to it and read all life statment.it makes me happy and laugh. these keeps my memores alive.
for me diary is a best friend
 
 
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ZIYRILLE.4 years ago
 
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it's a nice article... you can start at any age without any hesitation. like others i find writing to my diary a very interesting and learning stuff.. diary can help you learn who you are. as of me i've been writing ever since my high school days and now i'm 23 and working... now my diary helps me to ease every uncomfortable feeling that i have even a bit...
 
 
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