The world looks different during this time, and with that I wanted to provide a daily quarantine journal for kids. It is a time our kids might be having big feelings. This is a time where experiences diverge from the norm.
With such unique circumstances, it will be nice to have a daily record of what families were doing and thinking. This is a time for the history books, and by keeping a daily journal, we retain our stories that can be passed down to future generations.
Daily Quarantine Journal for Kids
This daily journal will have a number of questions for kids to answer. For some kids, journaling comes naturally, and they will want to pour into the printable and maybe even beyond. For other kids, this won’t be their thing.
I’d still encourage them get their thoughts out. Even if you are doing the writing for them, this can be a really healthy family experience to journal together.
This journal could also be a whole family experience at the end of the day. You all could debrief together and take time writing down your quarantine activities and response to this time in lockdown.
It doesn’t need to take much time (but really we have loads of it right now). Five to ten minutes to jot down their thoughts is the minimum amount of time to spend here.
For some kids, an artistic approach to journaling might be the answer. Still encourage them to look over the questions and then express their feelings and experiences through drawings.
You can print out a bunch at a time or print it out daily and add it. After all, we don’t know how long we will be locking ourselves down.
Kids might be more inspired by a fun set of journaling pens. I know that I love my colored pens for such purposes.
Why is Journaling Important
Journaling is important because it gives a safe space to express feelings, emotion and experiences. Teaching kids to recognize their feelings and name them is a healthy way to create empathy. This post shows the importance of developing empathy in kids.
For kids, especially, emotions can be really big. When bottled up, those emotions can tend to explode in unhealthy behaviors or actions. We can teach kids to express their emotions verbally or through writing or art.
Beyond that, journaling is important because it creates a record of life experiences. We all know the importance of learning through the past. There is value in listening to the older generations as they recall their personal interactions with real life during harder times.
Who doesn’t recall where they were when 9/11 happened and wants to talk about their memories of that time? Talking with grandparents and parents who have experienced wars, the Great Depression, and even the explosion of technology and how life changed after that is fascination.
This, too, is a rare time in our human history. Of course there have been epidemics in the past, but never has the world been so interconnected during one. We want to be able to share our experiences with future generations. Journaling is a part of the puzzle.
I hope the resource can be one your family enjoys as you document your life together. As always, be good one another – in the joys and the struggles.