The fantastic Francesca from Happy Self Journal has written us a special blog on the reasons why bedtime journalling is a great idea for your child.
Bedtimes are such a special time of day and the more we can do to help our children wind down and prepare for a peaceful night’s sleep the better. Adding journaling to your child’s bedtime routine can bring unexpected benefits. Here are my top three reasons why you should give it a try:
1. It helps them process their day and calm their minds
After a bustling day of school, activities, and playtime, children often struggle to unwind and settle their busy minds. Bedtime journaling offers a serene space for your child to reflect on their day. Encouraging them to jot down their thoughts, experiences, and worries helps them process their emotions and thoughts. This act of self-expression can be incredibly soothing, allowing them to calm their minds and clear away the day’s mental clutter.
2. It provides a regular safe space for your child to share their emotions and worries with you
Effective communication is the cornerstone of a strong parent-child relationship. Bedtime journaling creates a regular, safe and non-judgmental space for your child to share their innermost thoughts, feelings, and concerns. As you fill out the journal together, you’ll gain valuable insights into their world, opening doors to meaningful conversations. This practice not only strengthens your bond but also nurtures your child’s emotional intelligence and coping skills.
3. It helps your child end their day thinking of all the good things in their life
It can be easy to overlook the positives when you are tired at the end of a busy school day. Bedtime gratitude journaling encourages your child to focus on the good things that happened. By asking them to share the good moments of their day will also helps them put any worries into perspective. This practice instils a sense of gratitude and positivity, allowing your child to go to bed with a heart full of appreciation and optimism. It’s a wonderful way to counteract any lingering stress or negativity and promote a peaceful night’s sleep.
So as you can see incorporating journaling into your routine can be a simple yet powerful way to enrich your child’s emotional wellbeing and strengthen your connection. Why not give it a go and see what beautiful conversations follow. Together your journal will capture what life is like for your child at this time creating a precious keepsake in the process. Sweet dreams await!
As always, if you’re experiencing any problems with your little ones sleep, please do get in touch for a free 15 minute chat – we would love to help!