Being a special needs parent is a story in itself. Full of plot twists, emotional turns and unexpected climaxes! I am sure any of us that are parenting mental illness could fill up more than just 1 journal, but sometimes, you need a little inspiration to strike that tired, ransacked mind of yours. These are journal prompts for special needs parents.
Journal Prompts for Special Needs Parents
1. Think back, back to diagnosis day and journal what you can remember. The place, the sounds, the people, the emotions. Let it flow out onto the paper.
2. Journal about the moment you knew. That one moment when you knew something was different.
3. Day by Day: Think back on the past week and try to remember one great moment that your kiddo had each day and journal about each one.
4. What are your child’s 3 greatest strengths?
5. What are 3 goals that you and your child are still striving for?
6. Journal about your most favorite day with your child. Where did you go? What did you do?
7. Journal about your special kiddo’s latest milestone achievement. Think about how much hard work, and love, got them to this point.
8. Make a list of 3 things that you want to share with your child. Explain why it is important for them to experience it with you.
9. Write a special letter to your special needs child and, perhaps, their future caregiver.
10. Do you have a 10 year plan? Jot it down!
11. Journal about 3 challenging situations you have faced as a special needs parent and see if you can find a way to rectify them or stop those situations from being so challenging in the first place.
12. Journal about the Doctor’s office. Any of them. We all have more than one to pick from, I’m sure. Think about your favorite one and why.
13. Pick your brain and try to write down some of the funniest things that your kiddo has ever said!
14. Make a list of 3 things your child loves and ask them why, write down their answers.
15 Make a list of 3 things your child dislikes ask them why, write down their answers.
16. Five for Five: Write down 5 things that you can do, for 5 minutes each, for yourself! Self-care is so important for special needs parents.
17. Be a guiding light. What kind of advice would you offer parents that are new to this situation?
18. What is your absolute FAVORITE thing about your child? Is it a dimple? A laugh? A certain smell? A song they sing?
19. Tiny Bucket List: Write down 5 things that you want to do with your child and why? (Then go do them!)
20. How was your day? Your whole day! Seriously, write it down, in detail, as much as you can remember. You will be amazed at how good it feels to get it all out and you’ll be shocked by how much crap you actually do each day!