Helping Teens Learn How to Keep a Journal

teen journalBeing able to express ourselves using the hand written word is rapidly becoming a lost art. Kids are more likely to type on their laptops or send a text message if they have anything to say. But writing by hand is a whole different experience for teens: it’s a much more emotional connection with their inner selves, and it will be a tool that they can use to help them navigate through their most turbulent years. Here are some ways to help teens want to keep a journal.
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Improve Your Communication Skills – Keep a Journal

improve communication - keep a journalCommunication usually involves someone saying or writing something to someone else and receiving a response. But, as I’m proposing keeping a journal can have a special role in communication, you may well ask ‘Where is this response?’ And keeping a journal must appear to be a very one-sided form of communication. Journals, however, have multiple purposes and can take many forms. And none of these is ultimately incompatible with the concept of communication. You may also find that – ultimately – keeping a journal even enhances your abilities in this skill.
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Butterflies And Hiccups – A Guided Pregnancy Journal

pregnancy journalButterflies & Hiccups (New Beginnings Production Company, 2002)was conceived by Laurie J. Wing during her two pregnancies when she could not find a comprehensive journal for those who do not like to blank journal-keep.
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Journal Writing Makes a Great Classroom Activity

classroom journalingBig sisters used to scream “Mom” when little brothers were caught breaking into their secret diary to read what their sister wrote about the cute boy on the bus. Today, while few of us have traditional locked diaries, many people do purchase beautiful, empty books in which to write about, or “journal,” daily activities, thoughts, disappointments, feelings, activities and dreams.
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Letter Writing Journaling

letter writing journalingWhen you read a letter from someone, we are immediately transferred into their world, experience, and physical reality. You can capture the same feeling by writing letters to yourself or about other people in your journal.Letter writing is the easiest form to use in journaling. On occasion, you might have already dabbled in writing letters in your journal.
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For New Journal Writers – Seven Guiding Principles to Keeping a Journal or Diary

For New Journal Writers - Seven Guiding Principles to Keeping a Journal or DiaryThere aren’t any hard-set rules for keeping a journal or diary. How often you write, how much time you spend, and what your journaling schedule is are matters of personal choice and circumstance. What seems a comfortable writing schedule for one may seem unbearably formal to another. And while an individual living alone may have hours of solitude and enormous flexibility in terms of time, a parent with small children may have very little of either. So it is of primary importance to find what works for you. The following general guidelines, however, may help you to establish diary writing as a regular and enduring habit.
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8 Great Journaling Tips

journaling tipsMix a martini, don’t forget the olives, or pour yourself a tea, relax and enjoy!

There are no hard-set rules for keeping a journal. How often you write, time you spend, and how rigorously you maintain a regular journaling schedule are matters of personal choice and circumstance. Therefore, it is important to find what works for you. Here are eight guidelines to assist you.
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Backpacking Journals – Preserve Your Backpacking Experiences

backpacking journalThere are famous instances of people keeping journals throughout time. Of course, Anne Frank’s Diary is the best example. In her diary, Anne kept a running commentary of the two years her family spent hiding from the Nazis. While your backpacking experiences better be more lighthearted, keeping a journal will let you remember them as the years pass.
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