Morning Journal for kids (and for you!)
Updated: Jul 29
What if every day could be a good one?
Okay, maybe not every single day will be great, but why not at least try?
Simple habits like goal setting and positive thinking will set kids up for success now as well as later in life. The earlier they learn these important life skills, the better off they will be.
The answer is simple. Create a routine and build a habit.
I suggest starting each day out with a healthy dose of positivity and planning. Journaling is the perfect way to achieve this. I started journaling as an adult and found it to be a huge gamechanger in my overall productivity and mental state. It hasn't always been easy, but the more I did it, the easier it got. Who knows where I would be had I learned this skill and developed this habit at a young age. What might I have accomplished by now? And if we're being honest, I wonder how much I might have saved on therapy. 😂
After experiencing the benefits of journaling in adulthood, I decided to share it with my kids. But knowing where to start and what to write can be difficult for all of us.
I decided to create a formula that incorporated my favorite parts of journaling:
gratitude and intention.
If you are new to journaling, I suggest using our FREE template to get you started.
Each morning in the Neel house starts this way, first with gratitude. The first prompt is your
3 ❤'s. This allows us to get creative and list 3 things that make us happy. It can be simple things we usually take for granted, like food, water and shelter. It can be specific like your three favorite movies or favorite foods. And of course, it can be hugs from your kids, puppy kisses and that first sip of coffee in the morning.
It doesn't matter what your 3 ❤'s are, as long as it get's you, I mean your kids, into a place of gratitude - even if it's just for a moment. This sets the tone for the day! I include a full list of prompts for this section in our journal worksheet to give you plenty of ideas if you're ever stuck.
Next, we move to goal setting. This is a big one. Taking a moment to set intentions or goals for your day can make all the difference. Again, this can be very vague or super specific. Stick with whatever feels authentic to you. Perhaps you need to work on that big proposal for work or finally get that hallway closet cleaned out. Depending on what's going on in the world, maybe your intention is just to have a good day or spend some quality time with a loved one. Sometimes that's all we really need. The point is there is no right or wrong answer here, just set an intention.
Finally, we plan. This is where we write down actionable steps to achieve our specific goal / intention for the day. If you set an intention of working on your health, here you could write down 'go buy healthy and delicious groceries, make a meal plan or take a 15 minute walk'. If you wrote 'have a good day', then here you could write 'meditate, read a chapter in my favorite book, take a bubble bath'. You get it, right? Just think of one or two steps you could take TODAY that will move you toward your goal - and then do it!
Notice when I started this blog it was all about getting your kids to journal in the morning, but I've shifted to talking about YOU journaling? This was no accident. Kids learn by example. Start a family routine of doing a morning journal. Share them with each other. Discuss them. Encourage each other.
Before you know it, your entire family will have a habit of starting their day with gratitude and intention. You'll be crushing your goals together all while deepening your connection to each other.
We'd love to hear your feedback, reach out to us and let us know how your morning journal routine is going!