How to Keep it Private

ideas for how to ensure that no one reads your journal

People are often afraid to keep a journal for fear that someone is going to find it and read it. I understand the concern.

In our family we have the agreement that we will not read each others' journals. I never read my kid's journals to find out what they were doing, and as far as I know, they never read mine. It was a rule in our home that we didn't invade each other's private journals. 

Some people have told me they have a locked drawer or a secret hiding place. But even still, if you don't want someone to see what you've written, it is wise to take safeguards.

I've found that I don't have to use actual names or places. I know what I am referring to, so I use an alias, or a metaphor. For example, when I write, "the cat meowed," no one knows what I'm referring to, but I do.

If you need to write very sensitive thoughts, consider writing them on notebook paper. Get the thoughts out of your head and onto the paper...which can be so helpful. Then light a match to it, or put it in the shredder.