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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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Name: JYD
Country: canada

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.
 
Name: Seema
Country: canada

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.
 
Name: Suman Saurabh
Country: india

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".
 
Name: On the issue
Country: Singapore

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 .
 
Name: diary is your honest friend saraswati
Country: Australia

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
 
Name: ZIYRILLE
Country: Philippines

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...
 
Name: sanjay
Country: India

i have been writing diary ever since childhood.i keep henesty when writing my diary.it helps me to recognise myself and also reveal wher i was wrong. ....
 
Name: Vijay Ramugade
Country: India

i am writing diary from last 10 years and i found that day by day completing the small- small assignments and markeing them as completed tasks i am very nearest to my goals whether personal or careeristic. i encourage my family members and subordinates also to write diary. vijay ramugade
 
Name: asharid
Country: Saudi Arabia

okay! not too good
 
Name: sachchidanand
Country: India

diary writing is very imp. in one's life as it gives opportunity for introspection and one is able to set his goal and could easily achieve it .
 
Name: jennalea Kelland
Country: South Africa

ive kept a daily dairy for 10 years.(starting at 12). it is really incredible to look back and see my progress through life, beliefs, understanding. it really has improved my memory too and i am good with dates. would encourage it...good discipline and good way to process situations. i find i come to more mature conclusions once ive writeen about problems.
 
Name: Brittany Lambert
Country: U.S.A.

i have kept a diary but i forget to write in it i am a freshman in high school and i can not belive that i read things from like 5th grade and cnt belive that i thought these people were cute and all of those kind of things!! it is so funny!!
 
Name: Hamim shaik
Country: Bangladesh

a complete diary is the mirror of our whole life.
 
Name: membu
Country: Saudi Arabia

very fascinating article
 
Name: zahid
Country: India

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".
 
Name: sukhjinder
Country: India

effective informative article we also add recapturate we also know our power of memory by recapuring the ideas of the day
 
Name: MUSHTAQUE AHMED
Country: India

very good article&much appriciable.
 
Name: DEVI DAYAL
Country: India

writing makes one to know about his/her strengths and faults and when has the knoledge about him,one can challenge the problems in his way
 
Name: muna masood
Country: India

some thing very touchy or the moment of emotional or happy events .our likes or dislikes.this is good habit .i m very habitual of diary writing if any thing which interupts me i write onmy diary.diary is my best friend
 
Name: Sheikh Aliii
Country: India

in fact, there is no way to write a diary, it should be written by your own heart and mind. comments and suggessioms are enough.....!
 
Name: sowmya
Country: India

please start writing a diary. yuo can share your feelings with it. but be careful that no one reads it.
 
Name: abhinav
Country: India

diary writing makes the writer more focussed than ever.the writer is always determined towards his goal and that makes goal accomplishment easier than before.
 
Name: VISHAL JALAN
Country: India

diary writting is a nice for all. it gives to opportunity to go right way and how can u achieve ur goal and give best afford to the world for success.
 
Name: VISHAL JALAN
Country: India

diary writting is a nice for all. it gives to opportunity to go right way and how can u achieve ur goal and give best afford to the world for success.
 
Name: Jyoti Joseph
Country: India

i have been writing journals since last 9 years... and i love doing so as it helps me in remembering events and my goals...especially i feel relaxed as what i am not able to say to any one i write it down..and feels good...please do write as it increase your writing skills as well as you expressing skills...its a great hobby and a very good friend..


 

 
 
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