Bullet journaling isn’t just for grown-ups. There are many fantastic reasons to introduce bullet journaling to your kids.
Here are just a few of the benefits of introducing bullet journalism to kids (laid out in bullet points!):
- It can encourage kids to get organised from an early age by teaching them to list and prioritise tasks. No more relying on mom and dad to remember everything they need for school.
- It can be a great way of helping kids to manage stress by listing negative thoughts and emotions.
- It’s a great way of inspiring kids to be creative by helping them to list ideas
When bullet journaling with kids, you want to make sure that the activity is fun. Here are just a few ways in which you make bullet journaling enjoyable and kid-friendly.
Let them choose and customize their journal
In order for a journal to be fun and personal, you should let them choose the journal – whether it’s a notepad or a sketchpad. You can then let them customize it in any way they see fit.
A few ideas to suggest could include wrapping the cover, using glitter, encouraging them to collect stickers for it or letting them use different colored pens. You can also encourage them to add drawings.
Plan fun bullet activities
There are lots of fun ways to use lists. When managing emotions, you could encourage kids to write down a list of things that make them angry or a list of things that make them happy. Alternatively, you could help them develop interests by getting them to list all their favourite movies or songs.
You may also be able to do quizzes and even get siblings to compete against one another by asking your kids to think up as many vegetables as they can or as many capital cities.
You may also be able to plan other writing activities such as writing a short story, writing a letter to a celebrity or getting them to describe their favourite animal without using the name of the animal.
Start encouraging them to use it for practical purposes
Once kids realise the fun that can be had from bullet journaling, it may be easier to persuade them to use it for organizational purposes and for potentially helping them with counselling. You can encourage them to plan what they need to pack for holiday or you can help them to confront a fear that they may be having. Eventually your kids may start using bullet journaling as a way of managing these tasks independently.
Find time to do it daily
By making it a daily activity, you can make it part of your kid’s routine. You could allocate a specific time for it – either in the morning or the afternoon. It doesn’t have to be a long activity. In fact, many bullet journaling activities needn’t take more than five minutes.