60 Thought-Provoking Journal Prompts for Moms

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When it comes to journaling, there are various styles. 


But for many, it’s hard to simply write without a starting point. What do you say? What do you talk about?


That’s where guided journaling and journal prompts come into play. 


Journal prompts give you a starting point when it comes to writing.


They help you think and write about a specific topic or idea.


As a busy mom having a go-to list of journal prompts is helpful so I can just start writing.


It’s sometimes how I brainstorm a new blog topic and other types simply a form of self-care. 


And, various studies have shown that implementing a “positive writing intervention” is a great way for mothers in particular to practice self-care.


So, if you are a mom that is new to journaling or just looking for more thought-provoking things to write about, below is a massive list of journal prompts for moms!




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Motherhood Journal Prompts


Writing about motherhood be it your journey or your feelings is a great way for moms to manage stress. 


When I started blogging I found that it really helped me put motherhood into perspective. Motherhood and I didn’t start off on the best terms and it was hard for me. 


But through blogging, and the writing that’s come out of it, I’ve found it has really helped me mentally. 


I’ve even used some of these specific topics or questions about motherhood below just to free-write without the intention of ever turning it into a blog post. 


Writing helps me in life and motherhood and I highly encourage it if you are looking for a way to practice self-care in motherhood.


But onto, the good stuff, journal prompts for moms about motherhood.


  1. Describe what you enjoy most about motherhood.
  2. What has been the hardest part about motherhood? 
  3. What is something you are looking forward to in motherhood?
  4. Life as a mom is great because… (Explain why you love being a mom. Think about what it means to you.)
  5. List five things you love about motherhood. Why?
  6. Come up with a mom affirmation and put it into practice for 30 days
  7. If you could revisit a motherhood memory, what would it be?
  8. What lessons have you learned in motherhood?
  9. When do you feel most fulfilled in motherhood?
  10. Write down 10 words that come to mind when you think of motherhood.
  11. How has motherhood changed you? 
  12. What advice would you give to a new mom? 
  13. What is something you did before having kids that you don’t do now? Why is that?
  14. How do you practice self-care in motherhood?
  15. What TV mom do you look up to and why?
  16. What are you afraid of in motherhood?
  17. When did you last cry? What was it about? Why did you cry?
  18. If you are a coffee mom, why do you drink coffee? What does coffee mean to you in motherhood?
  19. Who is the first “mom friend” you turn to for all things motherhood? Why do you go to that person first?
  20. What is one thing that makes daily life as a mom hard right now?



A mom writing down her thoughts in a notebook using a journal prompt for moms.


Journal Prompts for Moms About Their Kids


One of my favorite things about my daughter’s baby book (in addition to being gorgeous) is there is a page to write a letter to your child. 


I loved this simple exercise so much. I didn’t write anything fancy, but it was so simple and sweet to think about her reading it when she was older. And I love that she has this little piece of me, my writing and my thoughts, in her baby book. 


So, that’s the idea behind a lot of these prompts. Because writing about your kids or to your kids is often a great way to reflect on motherhood and mom life.


I also think writing to your child helps put things into perspective. Maybe it’s been a bad week with sickness and lack of sleep or even a bad month stemming from teething and nap schedule changes.


Whatever is making it hard to be a parent at the mom, pause and write about what you love most about your child or their personality. You will be surprised at how quickly it helps turn your mood around and refocus your energy onto that cranky toddler or teenager.


  1. Make a wish for your child(ren).
  2. What is something your child(ren) does to make you laugh?
  3. What is something your child(ren) has taught you?
  4. What is your child(s) love language
  5. Write a letter to your child(ren). (It can be about anything. Something you did today or yesterday or something you hope for them in life.)
  6. What is your favorite book to read to or with your child(ren)? Why?
  7. What song reminds you of your child(ren)?
  8. Write about what you hope your child(ren) remembers of their childhood. 
  9. What traits do you share with your child(ren)?
  10. List the most challenging thing about parenting your child(ren).



A cup of coffee next to a blank notebook that will be written in using journal prompts for moms.


General Journal Prompts


As a mom, it’s important to remember that you are also a person who has wants and needs and feelings. 


You are still you underneath all the motherhood stuff. And, taking time to reflect on what makes you, well you, is important. 


So these journal prompts for moms are meant to do just that. 


Try to remove your mom thoughts and instincts from these prompts and really take some time to think about everything. Write what you feel outside your “mom” role; write for yourself.


  1. Find a quote that inspires you. Write it down and reflect on why it resonates with you.
  2. What advice would give to your past self? 
  3. My favorite song right now is… (Explain why this is your favorite song. Is there something that you relate to or that speaks to you in the lyrics?)
  4. I am grateful that my home… (Talk about something you love about your home or the people in it.)
  5. What is beautiful in your life right now?
  6. List five goals you have for the next month. (These can be personal goals, business goals, or motherhood goals. Anything you can think of!)
  7. List three things you are grateful for today.
  8. What in life brings you clarity?
  9. What has been giving you anxiety lately?
  10. What makes you smile? 
  11. What makes you feel at peace?
  12. What is one thing you wish others knew? 
  13. How can you add more love to your life?
  14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Why? 
  15. Write about the best advice you’ve ever been given. Who gave it to you? Why was it great?
  16. What do I love about myself?
  17. Write a letter to your past self
  18. How do you picture your life changing over the next five years? What about the next ten years?
  19. What is your favorite time of day? Why?
  20. Summarize yesterday in one word. Why did you pick that word? Reflect on that in today’s writing.


A woman's hand holding a pen writing in a blank journal.


Family-Focused Journal Prompts for Mothers


When I think about my family growing up I have fond memories of my parents, sister, and me together.


And, I’m excited to create those memories and traditions with my own family. 


All that said, everyone’s family is different and some aren’t as close as mine was growing up; I know that. 


Maybe it’s just you and your child. Or maybe you are married and have multiple kids. Maybe your parents live with you. Maybe you have pets, maybe you don’t.


My point is family looks different for everyone


So don’t think of these prompts in the traditional sense of a husband and wife with 2.5 kids and a yard with a dog and a white picket fence (because I think it’s easy to get caught up in what we think a family should be). 


Think of your family exactly as it is when tackling these journal prompts because no matter what it looks like your family is special and you, momma, are special to them.


  1. Describe your favorite family tradition. 
  2. Why do you enjoy your family? 
  3. Spend a day “unplugged” as a family. Write about what it was like and what you did. 
  4. What has been the hardest thing your family has been through together?
  5. How do you show your family you love them?
  6. What thing(s) did my parent(s) teach me that I am passing on to my children?
  7. What are 10 things I appreciate about my spouse or partner? 
  8. What is the best part about being married (or single)?
  9. What is the hardest part about being married (or single)?
  10. How has motherhood changed your relationship with your spouse or partner?





If you’ve never tried journaling and journal prompts for moms, I encourage you to give it a shot. 


Journaling is a great form of self-care and a great way to reflect on the past, present, and future when it comes to both life and motherhood.


Often as moms, we forget just how much has changed or how far we’ve grown as mothers because motherhood truly is a journey. 


So, don’t be afraid to document that journey using these journal prompts for moms.


Be sure to save this list and come back to it whenever you need a new topic to get your creative juices flowing!



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10 thoughts on “60 Thought-Provoking Journal Prompts for Moms”

  1. Journaling has always been such a relaxing, therapeutic activity for me. I’ve primarily focused on free writing, but in the last few years, I’ve started to incorporate prompts into my writing. Using journal prompts helps give me a starting point when I’m struggling to put pen to paper. They also help me to work outside of my comfort zone in a safe and focused way by challenging me to think and write about things I wouldn’t normally consider. I really appreciate that you’ve provided a mix of prompts related to motherhood, kids and family. I’m excited to incorporate your prompts into my daily writing exercises! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Completely agree Heather! I find having a starting point is helpful; free writing has always been challenging for me. So glad there are some prompts that resonate with you. Happy writing!

  2. These are such sweet journal prompts. Questions you wouldn’t think of asking yourself. Also like the idea of writing to your child. Maybe one day your child will read it too

    1. Yes I think it’s so sweet to write something to your child to read one day! Even if it’s just a random note about the day or something fun you did with them. I love having things to look back on from my parents from my childhood.

  3. Journaling is my go-to self-care activity! I love to use prompts, but I like how you mentioned free writing in the beginning. I find that this style of journaling is super helpful when I feel extra overwhelmed. Journaling can be SO good for your mental health and overall wellbeing. Sometimes we just have to get all of those abstract thoughts down onto paper so we can make them a bit more concrete and solidified. Great post!

  4. Whitney Stewart

    I absolutely LOVE journal prompts ! I use them pretty frequently when I have a spontaneous need to write something, especially when I’m bored, lol! Even though this is for moms, I bet I can still do a couple! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. For sure! There are prompts in here that are for anyone and even some that you could use and alter to write about your childhood or family life growing up! Thanks so much for checking this post out Whitney. Happy journaling!

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