Kids and teens can find comfort writing through tough times

I have written my way through difficult times in my life since elementary school. In my earliest “diaries” I agonized over friendships and my feelings, my fears and insecurities.  As I got older, the themes were the same, but the worries were bigger and the issues more complicated.

Many who keep journals look at them later to reflect upon what they’ve written. After I fill up a few journals, I look at them one more time and then I get rid of them. At that point they have served their purpose. In the act of putting pen to paper, I processed my emotions, and gained insight into situations and insight into who I am as a person. It’s been a lifelong, therapeutic exercise.

The past few months have been stressful for all of us, but maybe no more so than for our kids who don’t have the coping skills and life experiences to understand what is happening and put it in perspective. Kids are angry and anxious and don’t understand why they can’t go to school or camp, or see their friends. They can’t fully grasp why their lives have changed so much.

With that in mind, I thought it would be beneficial for kids and teens to write about their experience during the pandemic for our sixth annual Young Writers Essay Contest.

We are asking young writers to answer one or more of the following questions: What do you miss most about life before the lockdowns started? How has your life changed for the better? What have you learned about yourself?

I hope that through the exercise of expressing themselves, the young writers will be able to work though some of their feelings about this historic time.

Melanie Hitchcock, Editor

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