When my children are all grown up, I want them to know how much fun it was to raise them. I want them to know that I loved every single day. My children should know that even at a young age, they all had their own different personalities, and that they did things every day that made me smile and laugh. I want them to know what they were like as children. So I’m starting love journals for each of them.
What is a love journal?
A love journal is a diary where I can write down their memories. It doesn’t have to be overly fancy, but I’ll definitely be shopping for leather journals. They need to be durable enough to last through the years. If you want to be fancy, you could have one personalized with their name and birthday, the year, or maybe even an inspirational quote. Depending on how long you do this, you’ll probably need more than one. Don’t panic – you don’t have to buy 10 journals all at once. Pick one up here and there. No one is saying they have to match. Give them an eclectic collection.
How do I use the love journal?
Every day, or as often as you can remember, write down one thing they did that day.
- Something that made you smile.
- Something that made you laugh.
- Did they do something that made their personality shine through?
- Did they do something that showed a lot of love or compassion?
- Major milestone
- Tell them something that made you proud of them.
You can also tell them about your emotions as a parent, and throw in some motivational quotes. The entries don’t need to be long at all. They can be as simple as one sentence a day (just make sure to add the date). If you’re artsy, sketch a quick drawing. Print out the occasional photo and pop that in.
I’m terrible at baby books. Life gets in the way, and they are so difficult to keep up with. Confession: I haven’t even started anything for those! I’ve got hospital bracelets from all three kids somewhere. There’s a lock from my son’s first haircut in an envelope that’s hopefully in his dresser. The great thing about the love journal is that it takes off all the pressure that a baby book seems to give you. It’s more informal, yet a little more personal.
I can’t wait to get our journals and start writing in them. It might seem a little late to start since my kids aren’t really babies anymore, but it’s never too late to start writing down memories. Their personalities are coming through so strong now, I know I’ll always have something to write for them.
This will be a perfect gift to give them when they turn 18, graduate high school, or become parents. I have no idea when I’ll stop writing, maybe never. Maybe I’ll just give them their journals one by one once they’re old enough to really treasure them.
I tell my children every day that I love them, over and over. But sometimes words aren’t enough. The love journal is a place for my love to shine through to them. When they read them, they’ll feel special, loved, and hopefully like they’re getting the biggest hug ever. They will know how awesome they were as children, all the funny and mischievous things they did. They will know that I love them more than anything else in the world.
Will you be starting a love journal for your children, too? What do you want to write in it?