We don’t hold much truck with the New year, new you mantra but skipping into January with some positive affirmations and a few new confidence boosting tricks up our sleeves can never be a bad thing and that goes for children too.
With mounting evidence that kids need time out from the crazy whirl of screen time, busy social lives and the inevitable stresses that come with school and learning about friendship, parents are looking for ways to encourage their children to take stock, unwind, boost their confidence and find gratitude.
Enter the gratitude journal!
And, gratitude is the key word here. Lots of research shows that regularly writing down what you are grateful for – no matter how small – can help build positivity, optimism and self esteem as well as reducing stress and even helping you sleep better. It is no surprise that the gentle, yet purposeful act of putting pen to paper is an antidote to over-stimulating tech and social media as well as a great way for children to feel physically in control of their feelings.
Whether you think your child needs a boost and could do with reminding that there are in fact, lots of great things in their life to celebrate and you want to help them visualise a bright future or you’re coming from a different angle and think they’ve been a little spoilt and have lost their appreciation of the simple joys in life, a gratitude journal could be a great way of helping a child to pause and think and take some valuable time out.
If you’re worried that this all sounds a bit too serious for your child, there are lots and lots of really fun and funny journals that will engage kids and make them laugh at the same time as creating an opportunity to think positively and re-set.
Here are Junior’s favourite children’s journals for a happy, healthy mind, all year long…
The HappySelf Journal – A Daily Journal (age 6-12) to Promote Happiness, Develop Positive Habits and Nurture Enquiring Minds £19.90, The HappySelf Journal
Make Someone Happy and Find Your Own Happiness Along the Way: A Creative Kindness Journal (for teens to adult) by Emily Coxhead £7.19, Amazon
You Are Awesome Journal: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything (9 -11 years) by Matthew Syed £6.92, Amazon
The Book of You Baby and childhood journal and memory book – from 0-16years £20, Urban Makers * This also scooped a Junior Design Award in 2019 – read more here
The 3 Minute Gratitude Journal for Kids: A Journal to Teach Children to Practice Gratitude and Mindfulness (7-10 years), £6.29, Amazon
Create your own Happy (8-11years) by Penny Alexander and Becky Goddard-Hill., Illustrated by Clare Forrest £6.11, Amazon
Diary of a Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness, (9-12 years) by Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes and Will Hussey £6.96, Amazon
Today Is Great!: A Daily Gratitude Journal for Kids (7-10 years) by Vicky Perreault, Amazon