Love Journals

Love journals are the perfect (no-pressure) way for moms to write down memories of her children. They make great gifts when your children have grown.

Love journals are the perfect (no-pressure) way for moms to write down memories of her children. They make great gifts when your children have grown.

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?

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  1. What a sweet idea! I didn’t really do a baby book, I’m not good at keeping up with those things and all I have in an album is his hospital stuff and his check up stickers at the doctor’s office that say “I’ve Grown”. But now I’m wondering if I’ll even remember when certain milestones were achieved and all that, and I kind of wish I was better at journaling it.
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    • That’s my concern, too! I’m not great at keeping up with stuff like that, but writing down one or two things here and there – I can handle that!

  2. Another great idea. I started keeping video diaries of my kids. I started when I was pregnant with my daughter and now 5 years later, here I am with my son. I’m so happy I did it because I have video of my mom, and she made a special video for my daughter. I love to play it for my daughter. My mom passed away so it’s a special memory. I’m all about documenting memories. Great post!
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  3. A love journal is a fantastic idea! My sister told me just this week that she made her four month old daughter an email address. I know, what?! But when she explained to me that it was a way so that husband and herself could write her baby letters throughout her life, and then when they choose they can give her the password to it and read them at her leisure. I think it’s the sweetest thing, and she has even given me the address so I can write a letter to my neice. Either way, whate a great way to show your child how much they are loved!
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  4. Such a sweet idea! I haven’t done a baby book for either of my boys. I’m okay with it, but I might need to write down some of their milestones somewhere before I forget them all! 😉 What I decided to do instead is a birthday book. There are a couple options available on amazon. You record on their birthday a few facts – how big they are, what they are into lately, who came to celebrate with them, favorite present, etc. and then you add a picture! 🙂 I like it so far!
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  5. Such a sweet idea, although my baby is 13 so it’s really late to start that up for him…I kept up pretty well with his scrapbook for awhile, but I’m about 6 or 7 years behind on

  6. Such a cute idea!! I’m not a mama yet, but I’m an aunt! I love sharing stories with my nephews about when they were babies, and this will be the icing on the cake. It will also help when they start getting on my nerves and I need to be reminded why I love them! Hahaha

  7. That’s a really, really sweet idea! I’m all about writing, so I’ll probably do something like that when the time comes. My husband and I have a love journal we write to each other in or write down special milestones or memories. We didn’t start till we’d already been married a year, but we’ve kept it up for four years so far, and I love looking back on it.
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  8. This is a great idea! Love this and I’m going to start doing something like this. Thanks for sharing this amazing idea!

  9. What a great idea and such a creative journal!

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