It’s been decades since my ‘dear diary’ days but the general concept of keeping a journal is still a good one. While I’m not a regular entry writer, it is most helpful for me when I’m going through a difficult time and I need somewhere to organize my thoughts. The most successful bout of journaling I’ve had is when I had a journal with prompts in it. So I went searching online for good journal prompts for moms but I didn’t have much luck. So I sat down and came up with my own list. I hope you also find it helpful!
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I turned the list into a pretty printable so you can keep it tucked inside your journal for quick reference!
I tried to make these journal prompts reusable so that you can go back to them month after month.
Journal Prompts For Moms
- The best part of my day & why
- One thing I would like to accomplish in the next 30 days
- The most dreaded part of my day & why
- 7 things I’m grateful for from the past week
- I wish I was better at ___
- One way I can use my talents to benefit my family
- A financial goal for the next month
- 3 ways to bloom where I am planted
- Best recent show or movie I’ve seen & why I’m drawn to it
- A relationship in my life I’d like to improve
- I feel most relaxed when…
- I feel most stressed when…
- A movie or book character I can relate to
- A quality I really value in myself
- A quality I really value in my child
- An aspect of my health that needs attention
- A recent loving thing I did for myself & why it was needed
- A recent disagreement with someone and what I learned
- A recent compliment I received and how it made me feel
- Something I’m really looking forward to in the next 30 days
- A recent news event and how I felt about it
- Something I could do to be more neighbourly
- A way I can help my child grow in confidence
- A way in which I wish my child was more independent
- A mom-friendship I really value & why
- Something I wish I had more time for
- A recent dream that troubled me & how it made me feel
- An aspect of parenting that I’m really good at
- The love languages of my children
- How I show my kids I love them
Why You Should Consider Journaling
I find getting things out of my head and onto some paper can be really beneficial to my state of mind. It kind of means that I can stop thinking about it because it’s been documented and I don’t need to use precious brain space remembering it or fretting.
I’m a bit compulsive about keeping lists, to-do lists, shopping lists, things to remember etc. I can pretty much make a list about anything.
But I tend to forget to write down my thoughts and feelings because it takes a little more effort than simply writing a list. And for some reason I always think I need to be formal when I’m journaling, as if anyone is going to read it but me! 😀
Journaling is a really good way to sort out your thoughts and make sense of how you’re feeling. It can also help you re-organize your priorities when life seems to get in the way and you get overwhelmed with just surviving.
Journaling as Prayer
A lot of people like to journal during prayer time. I think it’s a great opportunity to write down everything you’re grateful for. These journal prompts for moms may help you compose some prayers for your children and family members.
Journaling is also a great way to document your reflections if you also use a bible during your prayer time.
With all the things we busy moms have going on in our lives, it’s no wonder that when we finally get a moment for prayer we just draw a big blank. Try journaling to help get you started and your thoughts flowing.
Get a Pretty Journal
Treat yourself to a pretty book. You deserve something nice! And a pretty journal might help entice you to find time to write some entries. A plain jane notebook could kill your inspiration.
Try to pick something that can slip into your purse without adding a ton of weight. A hard cover book will make it easier to write when you’re on the go.
A pretty book will be a lovely addition to your bookcase once it’s filled up. You may end up with a whole shelf full of the history of your life!
Here are some fun notebooks I’ve found:
I’ve also found some sassy notebooks:
And here’s a great collection of 500 delightful journaling stickers!
Finding Time to Journal
I get it, we’re all very busy moms. Finding time to do yet another task can just seem plain impossible.
But journaling doesn’t need to take up a lot of time. 5-10 minutes a day should do the trick for penning a few thoughts. You don’t need to write the next great American novel or anything!
Try finding a few moments during these times:
- Before you turn off the lights for the night.
- While you’re eating breakfast or lunch.
- While you’re waiting in the doctor’s office.
- At the library while the kids play.
- Show up 10 minutes early for a coffee date.
- While you’re stuck in traffic.
It will be really interesting a few years down the road to look back at the thoughts you had during this busy season of your life. Journaling is a great way to gauge how far you’ve come and what you’ve learned along the way.
Do you journal? If not, what’s stopping you? Tell me in the comments!