Recently I’ve told you about teaching my teenage daughter to bullet journal. Well, since then my tween daughters also asked me to teach them. Whoa! That’s a biggie! First I got embarrassed and had no idea how to downsize it for them and make suitable, since they don’t need anything like it for school, but I’m not the kind of girl who runs away from the challenge. First, I made some research and found that there is hardly anything about it on the big net. That’s even better! I don’t even have the choice but to do it my way. 🙂 So here is how I did it. Warning! Expect it to be extremely simple!
Why is it good to start a Bullet Journal as a kid?
Before jumping into the how-to, let’s see what are the benefits for our children if they learn to lead a Bullet Journalas early as they want to.
the younger they experience the benefits of organizing the easier it will be for them to become an organized adult. As I see it: it’s easier to keep up good habits from childhood through adolescence than to establish them as an adult. It is especially true when it comes to being organized. (Yes! Own personal experience and a parenting experience too.)
They need structure from a very young age. Since birth, actually. The earlier they learn to maintain one themselves, the easier will be later when it will become a must.
They love the sense of controlling their own lives – at any age. Just think about the one-year-old who wants to feed himself! It gives them a feeling like nothing else, and they love this buzz and I dare to say: they need it for right development. As tweens, a BuJo can support this feeling.
It also helps them to be intentional. A perfect place to define goals, dreams, to plan how to achieve them – just as for us. We want to teach them to live purposefully. What else can be a greater tool to do that?
It teaches them to think systematically. Sooner or later they realize that things work best in systems. A Bullet Journal is a tool to improve systematical thinking.
Because it is also a creative outlet, it improves their creativity – teaches them to create with purpose. A little inspiration can boost genius ideas.
The most important lesson it can transmit is that they are unique and they can express their uniqueness. That you don’t have to buy things ready but it is good to figure out what works for you best and implement that.
It also teaches them to adapt. Let them experience that things change and you may and need to change with them. Teaches them flexibility.
I could go on and on, but I think you’ve got the idea by now. You can do only good if you let them explore the Bullet Journal World as early as their interese arise..
How to set up a Bullet Journal with your child?
If you are not familiar with how to start a bullet journal or need some simple but great help to show your child, then I highly recommend Kalyn Brooke’s Brainbook. Its simplicity and the pics were a great help for us too.
Make a plan
To start the process, we sat down to discuss what a BuJo looks like, showed them both that we have in our household and then some more from other people. Then I asked what they have in mind. Mostly I let them put on the list whatever they thought would want. If something went way out of their league, I pointed out the importance of need instead of want. Instinctively they knew what wasn’t necessary but would overwhelm them. We came up mostly with a list of collections. Things like:
about me page
count-downs to events
for more ideas check out this post. The best I could find on bullet journal ideas for kids.
This last one is a long-time-needed element. We would have made a wall calendar to keep track if BuJo didn’t turn up in their lives. This is one of the biggest challenges in our house: to finish all assignments in time.
Yes, you see correctly: there is hardly anything in it to accomplish daily. That’s because we wouldn’t mess up with their homework-book they maintain at school. We keep that separate. It’s a well established, productive tool and we also decided to do this way because their BuJo will land in their keepsake box when finished. But I’m sure they don’t want to see all the daily homework as a keepsake along with the collections in many years time. 🙂
Let them start creating
We organized our list in some order, I showed them some inspirational ideas on how to create them, and then let them work. They aren’t perfect but unique and I’m a big fan of their uniqueness. I’ve told them that it is okay to make mistakes and gave tips on how to cover those they definitely want to. I can tell they are creative even about redoing things. 🙂
In the end, they felt that they created something valuable. Something they are proud of. Something I’m proud of. Because they want to make me happy. They’ve accomplished the mission. 🙂
My job now is to constantly encourage them and answer their questions. They feel uncertain too, they’re not always satisfied with their job either, they feel overwhelmed sometimes however we simplified, – they have struggles too. They’re in the process of improving all the character traits that will make them successful with their BuJo – like perseverance, consistency, accuracy. So after the technical part of my job, I am to support more than lead. I guess, I like this part better. 🙂
Take my advice and buy quality equipment for your kids just as you do for yourself. The return on investment will be worth it!
Ok. This will be about supplies. I gathered supplies for them from the cheap end, despite that I took this lesson not long ago with my teen girl. I was in no place whatsoever to follow a different policy. So I guess instead of regret I just simply wish I could have purchased more quality supplies. It is important from the start. Struggling with poor notebooks and pens reduces the experience and enjoyment. Small annoyances we could live without.
The greatest benefit
This year my main goal is to reconnect with my children, to reconnect our family. My experience is so far that journaling is a great, great tool to reach that goal. About that and the next steps of our journaling journey I’ll tell you in a later post.
I'm a wife to a wonderful man and mother of 10 amazing kids. I'm constantly working on being the mom I've always wanted to be and to make our house to be our dream-home finally. My goal is to help and encourage you to be the best mom you can be.