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Keeping a Grandmother Journal is a great way to keep memories for your Grandchildren long after you’re gone. Take time to start your own Grandmother Journal.  Write it down and remember!

How to Start Keeping a Grandmother Journal

This is a special time.  You’re a first-time grandmother, a new grandma for the second time, or you’re a nana to many with another new grandchild, there’s a lot you want to look back on down the road.

You think you’ll remember. 

How could you forget it?

You won’t forget if you’re keeping a Grandmother Journal!

Keeping a Grandmother Journal is a way to preserve those precious times, feelings, and details you experience as a Grandmother.

Your Grandmother Keepsake Journal can be shared with your Grandchildren in the future. 


It will show how you felt, things you did, reactions from others, and the specifics surrounding their birth and life experiences with you. 

They would love to know your thoughts about your time together, the funny things they did as a baby or small child, and the things about them that are important to you.

As a mother yourself, you know that these children won’t be children forever. 

They eventually turn into human adults. 

Taking time to journal keeps a record of the memories you make together for you, your children, your grandchildren, and maybe even THEIR children and grandchildren.

While there are many ways to record your memories with your Grandchild, here are three ways to start keeping your Grandmother Journal.

Start a Grandmother Journal

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Keep a Written Grandmother Journal

A grandparent keepsake journal that is written by you in your own handwriting is probably the most personal of the options. 

You can tell a lot about a person from their handwriting. 

That will come through in your journal entries.

There are two types of written journals available to purchase, or you can simply use a notebook to record your entries.

Start a Grandmother journal

Use a blank page journal like this

Blank page journals require you to make your own categories but allow you the freedom to use the space however you see fit. 

My “Writing Prompts for your Grandmother Journal” printable can provide you with sample questions to help get you started. 

If you aren’t yet a member, you can download this free writing prompt printable when you join our tribe of Grandmothers here.

If you’re already a subscriber, check your past emails for the password to our Member Only Area.

Use a pre-formatted journal.

Another suggestion is a pre-formatted journal like this one. This keepsake journal makes recording your grandmother experience easy and fun!

This type of journal has writing prompts included, sections for each suggested topic, and helps you through the process. 

If you’d like this kind of guidance, maybe this method is for you. 

Even memory journals like this have space for you to record your details about Grandchildren, even if they are geared toward your own personal history & memories.

This journal is the one I am using and it is BEAUTIFUL! 

It is hardback and the white decorative part is actually etched into the cover. 

The pages are decorated, too, and it gives prompts for your writing. 

Check it out!

This Life of Mine Journal

Personalized Journal

If you want to make it personal, these journals from Etsy can be personalized just for you – add a baby’s name, a family name, your name, or any other text you wish.

If you get a personalized keepsake journal, maybe you’d be more likely to use it and pass it down to your Grandchildren.

And if you don’t like any of these suggestions, check out our Grandmother Journal we created just for you. 

You can get it at a special discounted price when you become a subscriber to  Check it out here.

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Keep a Blog Journal

If you aren’t afraid of technology, you could start your own blog to record your memories. 

Blogging is fun and a great way to present your thoughts. 

A word of caution if you choose this direction. 

Obtain clear permission from your Grandchild’s parents before putting any pictures of them on your blog. 

If you have their blessing, go ahead. 

For my blog, I chose to not show the faces of my Grandchildren and don’t use their names. 

Have this discussion before you proceed with this idea.

Blogging may be a route you’d like to take. 

If so, you can use our guide to starting a blog for memory keeping to get started with your online journal.

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Start an Electronic Journal

Journal on your computer

The electronic grandmother journal is one you keep privately on your computer, tablet, or phone. 

Entries are made in a journal-type format using Word, Google Docs, or some other means of recording your thoughts. 

With this method you can cut & paste selected entries to send to your children or grandchildren, keeping the private things private. 

If you choose this option, be sure to make regular backups to assure your journal is safe.

Use an online scrapbook option

Another electronic option is using an app like Project Life to record in scrapbook form. 

This is a fun way to journal and include pictures as you go.

Send journal entries to an email

Here is one additional choice for an electronic type of grandmother journal. 

This is perfect if you’d like to share your thoughts with your Grandchild at a later date. 

Make each entry into an email for them, send your entries, notes, pictures, etc. to this email address.

This could span a few years if you’re late getting started, or from birth to college or beyond if you start from the beginning. 

Whenever you decide it is time, give them the password. 

They will enjoy all of the emails you have sent from your experiences together, photos you’ve taken, and words of wisdom you’ve shared.

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Writing prompts for a Grandmother Journal

What to Include in Your Grandmother Journal

Now that you know how to start keeping a Grandmother Journal, you should think about what to include in your Journal. 

Journaling is a very personal thing, so you, yourself, should decide how much information you’d like to share.

A link to Part 2 of this series:

Keeping A Grandmother Journal Part 2:  Writing Prompts

In Part 2 of this series, I will share some ideas with you to get you started writing in your Journal, no matter which recording option you have chosen. 

Stay tuned for more. 

In the meantime, you can download my “Writing Prompts for Your Grandmother Journal” (click the green link above).

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Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I love the idea of a journal I kept one for both my sons until the age of 18, I gave this to my oldest last year when he got married. He was so overwhelmed and his new wife thought this was amazing all the stories of him growing up. I am now expecting my first granddaughter and I will continue this tradition .


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

When my first grandchild came a long and started talking I wrote things that she said, then came grandson, I would still write thigs he said. Next grandson #2, grandchild #3 I could write down most of what he said. After that 1,2,3 more came a long. These 6 are all from our son. I pretty much threw in the towel. Because everyone was talking to much all the time. :) I love them dearly oldest is 21 youngest is almost 5. They all make me feel so special and loved.


Thursday 31st of December 2020

That's wonderful! You did your best. Even though it gets harder to keep up when you get more than a few Grands, I'm sure you'll still remember the special moments!


Monday 12th of October 2020

I love this idea! My mother in law kept a journal when my kids came to visit. No one knew she did this. Then, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was removed, but she has never fully recovered & had to go to a nursing home. As we were going through her things we found stacks upon stacks of spiral notebooks that were her journals. She wrote down things that my kids did and said that I don't remember. When you are in the throws of motherhood, especially when you have a lot of young children as I did, you don't remember those special moments. But I am so thankful that she kept record of them. These journals are such a precious gift to us! Now I am a grandma and will continue on this great tradition of journaling for my grandkids.


Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Hey, Dana. You're right. And sometimes we don't realize what a gift it is until later. Thank you for stopping by.

C Wilson

Saturday 6th of June 2020

I just found out I am going to be a grandma! I have started a journal with stories about my son ( the baby’s father) and photo of him. I have also started a bank account for this little one! With every entry I plan to make a deposit at the bank! Twice blessed! Short anecdotes about world news and events and personal views/opinions on them could be interesting. Actually started general journals for all of my children as well - to be shared with their children later .... just 0in case Being a grandparent is the Best!


Sunday 7th of June 2020

Congratulations! These are great ideas! What a wonderful gift you're giving to your kids and Grandkids! Best wishes for a healthy, happy Grandbaby!

debbie picco

Sunday 1st of March 2020

I love the idea of a journal written by hand, but in BC Canada, students are no longer taught cursive writing. as much as I hate the thought, a computerized journal may be the way to go.

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