Why Kids should be Encouraged to Write
I find that writing is such a wonderful means of expression, connection and creativity. And I don’t do it nearly as much as I would like to. When I find myself struggling with a situation, or with life in general (!), I tend to reach for my journal, so for me it has become a very therapeutic process. Writing really helps me to process what’s going on, and usually through this, my emotions can begin to become clearer and even ease off. Of course this is me personally, and I am not suggesting it’s the same for everyone. But maybe your child is someone who might feel the same benefits as I do. I guess you don’t know until you try.
I often find that when I think about something, especially if that ‘something’ is disturbing me, then I can’t actually string a full thought together. It just seems to go around and around in my head. And I am not the only one… Elizabeth Sullivan a US psychologist states ‘Most of us do not think in complete sentences but in self-interrupted, looping, impressionistic cacophony’! And what writing does for me, is to force the sentences to finish… and then, at least I have a chance to better understand what is going on for me.
Children also can benefit greatly from slowing down their busy minds and tracking a thought from start to finish, uninterrupted by other thoughts… and writing can provide the foundations for this.
- Writing will improve your child’s communication skills and will boost their confidence in being able to relate to others.
- Writing can help your child to consolidate learning – I know if I write something down it’s far more likely to ‘stick’
- Writing encourages creativity and self-expression and helps your child to explore his or her inner world