As parents, we know that the source of much frustration for children is an inability to communicate what they are feeling – particularly when those feelings are big and scary or upsetting. A few months ago, we discussed some peaceful and positive solutions for anger and hitting.
Several weeks later, a friend of mine emailed me to share with me an unexpected and powerful outlet for these big feelings: journaling.
Here is what she wrote:
I have been talking to EB a lot over the past couple of months about journaling. I think it started when she saw me writing and asked what it was . . . I told her that journaling is something she could do for herself, explaining that it is a great way to just get your thoughts and feelings out of your head, no matter what you are feeling.
Do you journal thoughts, feelings, and ideas? Have any of your children take up this form of communication?
This post originally appeared October 2009.