Photo credit – Glen Ricks

I have been reading the book “Living the 7 Habits” by the famed author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen R. Covey. It is filled with stories of people who used the 7 habits in their own lives and commentary by Covey throughout.

One particular story titled “The Journal” discusses an embattled father going through a divorce. He was torn by the fact that he wasn’t going to be able to see his 3-year-old son as much and influence him as his father. Covey had the inspiration to encourage him to keep a journal for his son and though it wouldn’t do much for the boy in his younger years, it would mean much more later in life. The man expressed how liberating this experience was later. Although these ideas are about keeping a journal for a child, almost all of them apply to your personal journal or diary as well.

  1. Make sure you date all the entries.
  2. Share really specific experiences that they will be able to remember.
  3. Set aside a regular time to write in the journal.
  4. Start them as soon as you can with each child.
  5. Write all different kinds of stories: tender, funny, about mishaps, achievements, proud moments.
  6. Use technology if you have access to it.
  7. Keep a reminder of the experiences in your planner or some other place.
  8. Keep the journals a secret.

I have omitted some of the commentary he included for a few of the tips.

Keeping a journal for a child or baby journaling would almost require an entirely different site because there is so much information, but the congruities are many and the overlap frequent between them and personal journals. If you have children, it is a great idea that could change their lives in the future.