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7 Journal Prompts to Help your Teenager Start Writing

Journal Prompts for your Teenager

In the last blog post we spoke about the enormous benefits of journaling , particularly for the teenager in your life.

Getting started, however is often the hardest part.

Journaling might seem like an alien concept to your teen.

And why wouldn’t it?

Their whole lives as digital natives has centred around technology and communicating online.

So how, as a parent, can you encourage your teen to start journaling?

By showing that it’s not only fun but really enjoyable and rewarding too!

NOSO Journal for Teenagers

At NOSO Journal, we love nothing more than a few thought-provoking journal prompts to get the creative juices flowing.

It’s how we encouraged our kids to start writing in their journals and we think it will help yours too!

7 Journal Prompts Your Teenagers Will Love

Journaling is a wonderful tool for self- discovery and can really help your teen explore their innermost thoughts and feelings.

That’s one of the reasons why we came up with the NOSO Journal.

Below are a list of our favourite journal prompts.

Have a read and leave a comment below – we would love to know if your teen enjoyed using them!

NOSO Journal Prompts for Teenagers

Prompt 1. Five years from now I will be…

This question can really help your teen explore their goals, dreams and aspirations.

So often we get caught up in the ‘busyness’ of our daily lives that we forget to stop and reflect on where we want to go.

Having that clarity can really help focus on the day to day ‘mini wins’ that will move your teen one step closer to the ultimate goal.

Thinking about their ‘future self ‘can illustrate clearly what their ‘current self’ needs to do, in order to get to where they want to go.

Journaling Benefits  for Teenagers with NOSO Journal

Prompt 2. I feel good when I ....

This is another super prompt that will help your teenager discover what they truly like doing, and ultimately what makes them feel happy.

Sometimes we don’t stop to think about how we’re feeling when we're doing certain things.

We get stuck in a routine and go along with the motions instead of pausing to reflect.

It’s the same with our teenagers.

Taking that time to jot down what really makes your teen feel good can encourage them to rediscover an old hobby, make more time for chatting with friends, or even reading a book. Once your teen starts thinking about it, the possibilities are endless!.

Journaling makes your Teenager Happy NOSO Journal

Prompt 3. Describe your hero.

What is it about that particular person that makes them heroic?

We all need role models in our lives, particularly our teenagers.

In a world full of ‘reality influencers’, I think this particular prompt is not only powerful but hugely important.

The wording encourages the writer to dig that bit deeper and find a person who they consider a hero based on their accomplishments as opposed to the number of followers or how they look.

That for me is the beauty of this prompt.

Who knows who you teen will pick?

The important thing is that it encourages your teen to focus on the reasons why this particular person is heroic to them and why.

Journaling Benefits for Teenagers NOSO Journal

Prompt 4. What’s holding you back from doing that one thing you really want to do?

The fear of being judged is a major reason why so many people don’t do the things they really want to do in life.

As we all know too well, the desire to be liked and ‘fit in’ with your peers is of upmost importance in your teenage years. Stepping away from the crowd, or doing something others may not understand can be intimidating.

Journaling can give your teen that space to truly understand what’s holding them back and ultimately find ways to overcome it.

Seeing the obstacle in black and white can often make it seem like less of a problem and more manageable and is often the first step on the road to doing what they really want to do!

Journal Ideas for your  Teenagers NOSO Journal

Prompt 5. What things did you like to do when you were younger that didn’t involve technology?

Your teen may have long forgotten about what they did before technology came into their lives.

This prompt is a great reminder about the fun things they did as a child that didn’t involve a phone, laptop or Ipad! (Journaling being one of them!)

Do you remember how much fun you had playing board games? Or baking treats on a Sunday?

One of my favourite things to do as a child was to help my mother whilst she was baking 'apple flaps' in the afternoon of New Year's Eve and bringing them around to lonely or elderly neighbours. The joy of lighting up someone else' s day was wonderful.!

I still like to do something unexpected to brighten up somebody's day- it just feels good and makes me feel so thankful.

Small gestures can truly make a huge impact.  

Things to do that don't involved technology NOSO Journal

Prompt 6. How would those closest to you describe you? Is it an accurate portrayal of who you are or what you would like to become?

Often a difficult question to answer, but one that can be incredibly thought - provoking.

It allows your teen to see themselves from another person’s perspective, something they might never have done before.

Are they happy with the words others may use to describe them? Why or why not?

Are there parts of their personality they would like to enhance or change?

Having an awareness of how they are perceived by others can encourage your teen to become more mindful with their thoughts, actions and words.

Which as a parent, can be a good thing!

Benefits of writing in a Journal with NOSO Journal

Prompt 7. If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

This question often taps into a persons’ deepest desires or wants in life.

The first two answers typically revolve around money and material objects (some may ask for more wishes which is not encouraged!) however, the third wish can help your teen discover what is really important to them.

Your teen could wish for health, happiness, a fulfilling career or opportunities to travel around the world.

Whatever it is, it’s a chance for your teen to have their ‘blue sky’ moment.

To dig deep and uncover what their heart truly desires.


So there you have it.

7 journal prompts that will help your teen get started on the magical journey of journaling.

As a mum, I’ve seen first-hand how much my children enjoy using their journals. It’s really opened up some interesting conversations in our home and I hope it will for you too.

Journaling is something that both myself and my sister Jannetje are incredibly passionate about. It’s why we create the NOSO Journal with tons of prompts and ideas for teenagers to get creative and explore.

Check out the NOSO Journal here and give your favourite teen an extra special gift this Christmas.

You can also join our growing journal community by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest journaling tips, free printables and writing prompts.

We would LOVE to hear from you! Why not talk to your teens about sharing some of their wonderful creations with us, if they are happy to do so of course!

We would love to feature them across our social platforms to share the joy and purpose of journaling.

We love seeing ideas come to life!

Marie-Anne Van Leeuwen, Co-Founder NOSO Journal

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