Grab a Pen: Journaling Prompts for Everyone



Happy Day before Halloween!

Over the past month, I have touched on several topics in journaling. There are so many different types of journals and specific niches that we could discuss! It’s a rapidly growing area, and I will revisit the topic pretty regularly moving forward – for good reason!

I am so into this topic that I plan to design a few journals myself! I will keep you up to date on my progress.

On to today’s topic…

The habit of writing in a journal every day or a few times each week can be fun and helps you manage emotions and stress. This is as true for young children just learning how to express themselves in the written word as it is for teens, college students, working adults, and even senior citizens. Grab yourself a notebook and a pen and join in!

To make it easier to get your thoughts on paper, journaling prompts can be important! They work for all age groups! These journal writing ideas or journaling prompts can cover all and all topics.

Journaling for Children

This exercise may not look like the process in older people. Journal writing in the lower grades may pertain mostly to things they learned or already know. Favorite animals, holiday memories, and “What did you learn today?” are common topics. There may also be an emphasis on drawing with accompanying words.

Older children can start to explore their emotions more. Examples of journaling prompts for this age group include:

  • What will life be like in five years?
  • What animal would I like to be for one day?
  • Why is my best friend the best? How can I be a great best friend too?

Journaling for Teens

Besides secret diary confessions and thoughts about their personal experiences, teens can begin thinking about the bigger picture and the world around them. What do they think about a political situation or heavy topics like global climate change? How would they rewrite an experience they had to make it better? Prompts that focus on positive views of their individual nature are great.

Examples of journaling prompts for this age group include:

  •  What is your prized possession? Would you ever give it away and why?
  • Could you have handled the last argument you got into better? How?
  • Write about you from your best friend’s perspective.

Journaling for Young Adults

People just starting out in the world have a lot of stress and need to figure things out. Journaling at the end of the day can help find different viewpoints about things that went on in class or at work. Write about things learned in relationships with others and the relationship with yourself. Consider lists of compliments you can give yourself, define your vision of success, or write down questions you need to know the answers to.

Examples of journaling prompts for this age group include:

  • What does it mean to be a good neighbor?
  • List 5 ways something others (or you!) consider a waste of time can benefit you.
  • What is your biggest stressor and how can you minimize it?

Journaling for Middle-Aged People

Avoid making a journal into a play-by-play account of what your children did. Once they get older, let them write their own journals!  As important as your children are to your life, a journal is a place for you to discover or re-discover yourself. Journals provide space to create your bucket list, reminisce on past adventures or events, and fully explore emotions tied to certain things in your life.

Examples of journaling prompts for this age group include:

  • What is the biggest contribution you have made to the world? Your family?
  • What new technology do you love? Hate?
  • If you could get advice from one person on Earth, who, and what would you ask about?

Journaling for Seniors

Looking back on life can be bittersweet. Journaling about the people you have met, places you have seen, and things you have done can be an adventure all its own. But you don’t want to only focus on your past. Make an effort to look forward when writing in your journal as well. Do you have a plan or is it time to fly free? What did you always want to tell a family member or friend?

Examples of journaling prompts for this age group include:

  • Write a letter to yourself at major life stages or events.
  • Describe the place you have been where you felt most at home.
  • What secrets are you keeping about yourself that people may be surprised to know?
  • Make a plan for next week, month, and year.

Journal writing for all ages gives an outlet for creativity, self-examination, and a great way to deal with and reduce stress. Parents can start their children off young and encourage and model ongoing journaling through the years. Get started with these prompts or any thoughts and feelings that enter your mind when you pick up a pen or fire up the computer.

Our Families’ Journaling Experience

I used to write in a diary as a child. My husband and I had our son write in a journal every day for probably 3-4 years. We gradually increased how much he had to write –starting with a certain number of sentences and gradually increasing as he got older and matured. We used journaling prompts for him too.

Our main goal at the time was to improve his writing skills, but he became good at telling a story too. We do still have the journals and take a look at them occasionally. It’s interesting to see how he matured – and what was important to his 4-year-old mind and so on. He hated it but what can you do?


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If you are starting your journal this weekend, click here for a free ebook and workbook to get you started.

Also, do you need prompts for your journaling? Check out these journaling prompts.

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