Originally posted Jan 27, 2020. Updated Nov 16, 2020.
Writing and reading have many positives for personal wellness, growth, and development. You may already understand why and most likely if you are reading this, you personally enjoy writing or reading in some way. Pass this joy to your child or student. If you are a parent or teacher, here are seven reasons to encourage your child to write daily.
- Promotes Self Expression: Sometimes writing out an experience can simply feel good. Bottom line. Getting it out of your head is a great tool for problem solving and mindfulness.
- Reflect on Experiences: A deeper exploration of personal experience, thought and feeling can help push for clarity in something challenging or misunderstood. This is also a self awareness teaching method.
- Thoughts are Now Visible: Organizing thoughts on paper can be extremely beneficial, especially in decision making or brainstorming. Reasoning for a decision could be less strenuous. When you think it, see it, and feel it, you may learn something new.
- Stress Relief: Sometimes the stresses of life, school, and friends can be tough! Especially for youth as they begin to learn balance, who they are, where they stack up in the world, and generally, what makes the world turn. Whether someone chooses to discuss openly or not, writing out your stressors can stimulate a ‘feel good’ moment and provide light toward an unseen path. Overcome.
- Promotes Creative Thinking: Creative thinking is a very important skill to practice early in life. Life will always bring challenges. The ability to find vision and develop problem solving skills that can be used more times than not in the future is paramount. Not to mention it only builds toward success as an adult. Creative thinking is pushing your mind to new limits and resetting boundaries. Open the eyes to something new. Ask that question and dive into all possibilities.
- Improves Communication Skills: Just as verbal communication is important, so are written. Writing everyday can build this skill early. Learning to convey clear and concise messaging may be harder than you think without practice. Not to say someone needs to be perfect at written communication, but it sure does remove barriers and improve intention, especially in the professional setting.
- Method to Express Feeling or Emotion: Not only is this important for each human to function correctly within society, this relates back to the basics of empathy and building lasting relationships at home, work, or school. Learning how to recognize and understand emotion or feeling in yourself and others is critical to human development. Teach youth how to show what they are feeling vs. telling what they are feeling.
Sitting down with my children to practice writing out feeling is a rewarding experience. This proved beneficial when my oldest went through a stage of anger and resentment. Better understanding and clear communication were directly related to the bond and trust we currently share.
In the past, I’ve never been good at expressing feeling, however writing opened a window to better understand my own reasoning and perspective. I am a firm believer that emotional expression should be an early skill or practice. Write on!