Journaling for your kids

I’m what you might call a horrible journaler. First of all, I never stick with it. I have stacks of half-finished journals around the house. And when I start a new journal, I freak out about the first page. Usually I skip to the second page to begin because what if I mess up on the very first beautifully clean page?

I know.

But as bad as I am at journaling for myself, I have found a sweet spot for journaling for my kids. When I write in journals for them, it doesn’t matter if I write every day, or even every month. It’s not like a baby book where you have to keep up with every detail as it happens (I was horrible at those too).

There is more freedom here, and I like that.


I have two different types of journals for the kids.  First, I picked out a separate journal for each of them where I write them short letters. Here’s an example:

Dear Joe, Tonight you and I cooked dinner together while Leila was at soccer practice. You seasoned the chicken, prepared the broccoli, and stirred the quinoa. We had more fun together than we’ve had in a long time. Let’s do it again soon, ok?

I don’t write them all the time, but if something comes to me, I can jot it down quickly and preserve a memory. I like to think the kids will treasure these when they are my age. I definitely would.

The second type of journal I am working on is a legacy journal. One where I write memories of my life: How I met their dad, how awful our fashion sense was in elementary school (doubled-up scrunchy socks, anyone?), things like that.

Journaling for your kids.

The best part of this journal is that each page has a writing prompt. Things like, “Describe your childhood bedroom. What was the view from your window?” and “What scent or sound immediately takes you back to childhood?”

If I had to come up with these things on my own, I would feel overwhelmed. Instead I answer questions that jog my memory. I can do it a little bit at a time.

Summer is a perfect time to start  journaling for your kids. Head to amazon or your local bookstore to grab a few of your own. If a horrible journaler like me can do it, so can you.


  • Old Baby Daddy June 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    My blog is my journal for my daughter (and son-to-be). I’m not sure what that says about me other than I’d probably lose a paper journal. :-/

    • InspiredRD June 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      I tried to do a Tumblr blog for them, but didn’t keep up with it. Great if you can!

      • Old Baby Daddy June 27, 2014 at 6:13 am

        I’ve found it to be the opposite of my day-job. For the blog, I have endless material but have to force time to write it up. At my job, I have to write, but am always looking for material.

  • Robin June 24, 2014 at 7:57 am

    What a great treasure for your children! I, too, get completely overwhelmed with the thought of documenting things for my children. I hate to admit it, but they are 7 and almost 10 years old, and their baby books are completely blank (lots of scraps of paper with notes shoved inside the front cover). ugh.

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  • Coco June 30, 2014 at 2:58 am

    thanks for the idea. I just ordered the mother’s legacy journal. 🙂

    • InspiredRD July 5, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Oh yay! Enjoy 🙂

  • Jada July 2, 2014 at 1:12 am

    This isn’t a journal idea exactly but every year at Christmas I make my a girls a photo book of them from the previous year. I do write short captions and a short letter to them in the beginning of the photo book. It’s a great way to remember memories and they love looking through them often.

    • InspiredRD July 5, 2014 at 10:18 am

      I love that idea!

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