Here are some fun and thought provoking journal prompts to help you remember your childhood memories.
We spend so much time stressed and rushing around in our busy lives that we don’t take much time for reflection on the past. Yet the path is often the key to understanding our mental health, and understanding much of how we behave today.
Sometimes we also repress memories in our childhood when certain events were too difficult for us to process and deal with emotionally. We think that we have ‘dealt’ with these events are they are so tightly locked away in your subconscious – and don’t realise that they still have a massive impact on our lives now.
I discovered one therapy session that I had blocked out many memories from my childhood. When I thought about it, I realised I didn’t remember much of my childhood at all – and the bits that I did remember seemed blurry.
Once I knew that I had forgotten almost all of my childhood memories, it frustrated me that I could not access them. That’s why I have put together these journal prompts for childhood memories – to help you if you want to try and remember more about your childhood.
These journal prompts are fun to reflect on your past and can help trigger your memory of things you have forgotten. Take the time to do a couple each journaling session as part of your mental health and self care routine. Try to remember as much as you can about how you felt, the smells, the other people and settings in as much detail as possible.
Journal prompts for childhood memories
Describe what your relationship was like with your parents.
Do you think you had a good childhood? Why?
What was your relationship like with your siblings?
What was your favourite game?
What was your favourite toy?
Did you have a favourite teddy?
Who was your best friend at primary (elementary) school? Do you keep in touch? Why?
Who was your best friend at secondary (high) school? Do you keep in touch? Why?
What was your favourite class at school? Why?
What was your worst class at school? Why?
Did you have any bad habits? When did you grow out of these?
Which sports did you play?
Who was your favourite teacher? What is your best memory with them?
What is your strongest primary school memory? Describe in as much detail as possible.
What is your strongest secondary school memory? Describe in as much detail as possible.
Can you think of any childhood memories you would like to remember better?
Who did you not get on well with in your class?
Who was the most popular person in your class?
What was the worst accident you ever had? Who was there?
What was the worst thing you were told off for in primary school? How did it make you feel?
What is the worst thing you were told off for in secondary school?
What would you say to a 6 year old version of yourself?
What would you say to a 14 year old version of yourself?
What was your favourite sweets or chocolate?
What was your favourite holiday? Who was there? Did you make any holiday friends?
What was your favourite magazine?
What was your favourite tv programme?
What was your favourite cartoon?
Were you forced to do things as a child that you didn’t want to do? How did that make you feel?
Did you do any after school activities? Which one did you enjoy the most?
How did you spend your weekends?
How did you get to school?
What was your morning routine?
How would you describe your personality as a child? Whilst parts of your personality do you think are the same today? Which parts do you think are different?
Who was your role model? Why?
What was your house like? Can you remember each room?
What was your fashion sense like as a teenager? What were your favourite clothes brands?
Is there something that happened in your childhood that you need to forgive yourself for? Why do you find it hard to forgive yourself?
What did you want to be when you grew up? Why did you / did you not pursue this?
What was your relationship with your grandparents like?
How was your relationship with aunts and uncles?
How was your relationship with your cousins?
Did you ever want to run away from home? Why? Where did you want to go? What things did you plan to take with you?
Did you ever play video games? Which game?
Did you have a childhood pet?
Did you have any family traditions?
When was the first time you kissed someone?
Who was your first crush?
Describe your first date. How did you feel?
What was your favourite cartoon?
What were you scared of as a child? Are you still scared of it today?
Did you have any recurring dreams or nightmares?
What was your most embarassing memory in school?
What was your first job?
What was your favourite school trip?
Did you ever perform in a school play?
Did you ever go to a farm?
Did you ever go to a zoo?
Did you ever have a pen friend? What country were they from? What did you write to them about?
What was the first film you saw in the cinema?
Did you ever get lost anywhere? What happened?
What was the best gift you ever received?
Did you learn to play a musical instrument?
Were you not allowed to do something that you really wanted to do as a child?
Write about a time you failed something. How did this make you feel? What do you think you learned from it?
What was your favourite childhood birthday party? Why?
How do you think your childhood experiences helped shape your behaviour today?