When it comes to reflection, self-discovery, and healing, journaling is one of the most powerful tools there is. By putting pen to paper, we can explore our thoughts and feelings to uncover truths about ourselves we might not otherwise see.
Mother’s Day is an excellent time to reflect on the motherly love that has nurtured and guided us through life. We invite you to explore these journaling prompts designed to help deepen your appreciation for the mother figures in your life and gain insights into your own journey as a mother or caretaker.
Whether you are brand-new to the practice of keeping a journal or you have a stack of filled notebooks in your closet, these prompts will help you tap into your inner wisdom and connect with the power of the divine feminine.
Use these prompts in a way that is most helpful to you and your current circumstances. If a prompt does not resonate with you, feel free to move on to the next. You can also feel free to adjust the prompts to fit whatever your circumstances are. There are no hard, fast rules when it comes to keeping a journal.
Mother’s Day is an excellent time to reflect on the motherly love that has nurtured and guided us through life.
Reflection on the Mother Figures in Your Life
Mothers do not have to be biologically related to us to fill that role. Perhaps a stepmom, aunt, grandmother, or family friend filled the role of mother figure in your life; or perhaps multiple people stepped up to fill the role of mother figure.
Reflect on the mother figure(s) in your life with these prompts:
- Who are the most influential mother figures in your life, and what have you learned from them? How have they shaped your values and beliefs about motherhood?
- What are some of your favorite childhood memories of your mother or other mother figures? How did these individuals demonstrate that you were loved and supported?
- Write a letter to your mother figure(s) sharing one or two specific memories or expressing your gratitude for their presence in your life. You may choose to send these letters or keep them in your journal.
- If you could give your mother figure anything for Mother’s Day, what would it be?
- If your mother figure is still living, and you have a relationship with her, how can you celebrate her? How can you show her how much she means to you? If your mother figure has made her transition, how can you honor her memory?
- If you were to make your mother a playlist to celebrate her, what songs would you include?
- What are your favorite traditions you have with your mother figure?
- If you could give your mother the perfect day, what would you do?
- How are you and your mother figure different? How are you similar?
- Reflect on a time when your mother figure showed you unconditional love and support. How did her actions make you feel?
Learning from Your Mother
We understand that everyone has different relationships with their mother figures, and everyone has a different experience of Mother’s Day. All relationships—no matter how harmonious—experience challenges and conflict, but these difficulties are often what help us learn and grow the most. Reflect on how challenges in your relationship with your mother figure have helped you learn and grow.
- How has your mother figure challenged you? What have you learned from this?
- Write about a conflict you have had with your mother. Have your thoughts on this experience changed with time?
- How have you grown and evolved based on difficulties you have had with your mother figure?
- How has your relationship with your mother shaped your identity and sense of self?
- Write about a particular value or belief that you hold that differs from your mother’s. How have you come to develop your own worldview, and how have you navigated the tensions that arise from this difference?
- If you could make your mother understand one thing about you, what would it be?
- Reflect on the ways in which you have found healing and forgiveness in your relationship with your mother. How have you worked to establish a sense of closure or resolution, and what have you learned about the importance of compassion and empathy in this process?
Mother’s Day and Grief
For those whose mother figures have made their transition, Mother’s Day can be a painful time. It’s completely okay to feel your feelings, but as you grieve for your mother figure, take some time to reflect on how she shaped your life with these prompts:
- What is a favorite memory you have with your mother figure? What makes this memory so special? How has it influenced your sense of connection with her even after her passing?
- Write a letter to your mother expressing your feelings of grief and loss. What do you miss most about her?
- Write about a particular aspect of your life that has been especially challenging since your mother’s passing. How have you navigated this challenge? What have you learned about your own strength and resilience in the process?
- Describe a particular tradition or ritual that you and your mother figure shared. How have you continued to honor this tradition in her memory?
- Write about a dream or goal that you have, and how your mother has inspired you to achieve this dream, even in her absence.
- Describe a particular place or environment that reminds you of your mother and the emotions and memories it evokes. How have you navigated the complex feelings that arise from these reminders? What strategies have helped you to find comfort and healing?
- Reflect on the ways in which your relationship with your mother figure has continued to evolve even after her passing. What new insights or realizations have you had about your relationship? How have these insights helped you to find a sense of closure and peace?
Your Journey with Motherhood
Are you a mother, a stepmother, an aunt, or a grandmother? Are you a pet mom? Are you an unofficial aunt/family friend? Take a moment to reflect on how your relationship with the mother figures in your life has shaped your approach to helping to raise children with these prompts:
- Write about a particular moment of transformation or growth that you have experienced as a parent. What new insights or realizations have you had about yourself and your child(ren) as a result of this experience, and how have these insights helped you to become a more effective and compassionate parent?
- How has your own upbringing and family background influenced your approach to parenting? What values or beliefs have you inherited from your own mother figure, and how have these influences shaped your own parenting style and philosophy?
- What is a particular challenge or obstacle that you have faced in your journey with motherhood? How have you worked to overcome this challenge, and what strategies have helped you to find a sense of resilience and perseverance?
- What has brought you a sense of joy and fulfillment in your motherhood journey?
- If you are a grandmother, how have you been inspired by your child(ren)’s parenting?
- How do you practice self-care and self-compassion as a mother figure?
- Describe a tradition or ritual that you share with your child(ren) and how this tradition has helped to deepen your sense of connection and intimacy with them.
Reflecting on Motherhood in General
Use these prompts to reflect on motherhood in general:
- What does motherhood mean to you?
- What does Mother’s Day mean to you? What are your intentions for this day?
- Write about a particular way you celebrate motherhood in your community.
- Who is an example of a mother who inspires you? What qualities or traits do you admire about this individual? How have you sought to embody these qualities in your own life?
Mother’s Day is different for everyone. Whatever your situation, you can use journaling to reflect on your relationship with motherhood and what it means to you.