This is How Journal Writing Helps Me Become A Better Parent

February 16, 2018

journal writing for parenting

Have you thought about journal writing as a parenting tool? Anxiety gets the best of us and it eats up precious time. My girlfriend hates that I’m an active over-thinker but, I can’t help it. Life is messy and it’s a lot of things happening all at the same time. And as a parent, you have to try to keep it all together, every single time. New parents tend to learn that the hard way. So if you’re already a parent and trying your best not to go crazy, I have this amazing advice for you today. 

 Start journal writing. 

 Get a pen and a notepad and write away your worries. 

I only started journal writing 3 months ago, but the effect on me has been close to life-changing. It’s a habit that I started because I read somewhere that it can greatly reduce stress caused by anxiety. And like magic, it worked (not immediately). I also became more productive and I sleep better. I have more patience and an overall increase in motivation - all because of writing in a journal.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle 

By adding a small change in my routine I was able to affect tremendous positive changes in my life. 

I encourage all dad (and moms) to start journal writing. It’ll start out as a task. It will feel weird writing things down. It’ll feel like nothing is happening. It’s going to feel pointless. And I won’t blame you? I felt the same way when I started too. But, I just kept at it. And it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 

Why should you start journaling? 

journaling ideas for parents

Journal Writing Clears Your Mind 

Transfer your anxiety to a piece of paper. Empty your mind as you write. Your mind can only carry so much and a full plate only hinders you from seeing the bigger picture. 

Writing creates a mental image. It helps you make more sound decisions because you have facts written down. It validates your fears and worries. It lets you create the life you want and the right path to take.

As a parent, it's crucial that you always have the bigger picture in mind. You can't let stress drive your family decisions.

Journaling Is Therapeutic 

Strong emotions can be crippling if not processed properly. Writing in a journal gives you the perfect avenue to vent out your emotions without feeling guilty. 

“Write clear and hard about what hurts” - Ernest Hemingway 

As a proud parent, we try and maintain our emotions in tune all the time. But, nothing is worse than a person with pent-up emotions. It’s like a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode.

Keeping a journal gives you the emotional release you need, whether it be an argument with your wife or a bad day at work. You have to make sure to release those and detach from them. 

 Journaling Holds Memories 

You’re making an actual book. It might not become a best-seller but, it’s your own book. This book will live on for many years even after you die. Your kids will thank you for this. 

 They will thank you for the wisdom they can learn from each volume of your journal

 They will thank you for reminding them how much you cared for them

 They will learn from the mistakes you’ve made. 

 They will know how much you have given and sacrificed for them. 

 Journaling Will Help You Become Grateful 

If you haven’t been practicing this, you should get on it now. Being grateful has infinite benefits that will help you become a better version of yourself. It may sound cheesy but, it doesn't make it less true.

We should teach our children about gratuity and how it's important for them to be thankful even for the smallest things in life. 

Writing about the things you are grateful for reminds you of the beautiful things in your life. It makes you see that you have so much when you seem to think that you have less. It makes you feel good about everything in your life. 

 I started journal writing by listing down three things I’m grateful for. No matter how small they are, I write them down. Just the other day, I wrote this 

 “I’m grateful for having 2 hands that I can use to write” 

 Start being grateful for the things you have in your life rather than what’s lacking. 


 Start writing today.

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