There’s a lot of information moms need to have on hand at a moment’s notice. Allergies, emergency contacts, school information, etc. These bullet journal page ideas for moms of young children will help keep you organized.
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My oldest is about to start kindergarten in a few weeks. The emotions I’m feeling range from proud to terrified and excited to sad. Trying to get school supplies, clothes, schedules, and teachers worked out in my head seems overwhelming. How do all these moms do this?
And with my oldest off to school full-time, I want to put my youngest in daycare part-time. It will allow me time to work and her, the opportunity to interact and play with other kids her age. But again, this adds a lot of tasks and information that I have to keep track off. And I only have two kids.
So, I wanted to share some bullet journal page ideas for moms that can help you organize all the craziness that comes with parenting, reduce stress, and keep memories forever. Dads, you aren’t excluded from this list and I encourage you to draw inspiration from some of these spreads as well.
*Due to the sensitive nature of the information on many of these pages, I will not be sharing pictures for each spread idea. Instead, take the ideas below and make them your own.
Bullet Journal Page Ideas for Moms of Young Children
Emergency Contact List
Approximately 95% of people in the USA have a cell phone. Which may lead some to believe that there is no use for a physical emergency contact list. But, in my old soul ways, I think having a backup plan is always a good idea.
What if your phone is dead and you are on the side of the road somewhere? Even if you can flag down a car, how will you know what number to dial? Most of us don’t memorize numbers anymore because we have cell phones that store that information for us.
This may also be useful if something were to happen in your own home and your child was there and didn’t know who to call. As long as you have told them about the emergency contact list in your bullet journal, they may be able to call for help.
If you have a child who has allergies or is taking medication, it may help to have a page dedicated to this information. You can include information such as what they are allergic to, how to treat it if they have a reaction, what medication they take, and how often they take it. You might even consider writing down dates of previous allergic reactions or medication changes.
As my daughter approaches the age where she will be learning to read, I want to be sure to include a reading tracker for her in my bullet journal. For one, this will ensure that we are reading often and practicing her skills. And two, when I show her the page and her progress, she will be motivated to read more.
For this page, there are a lot of different layout options. You could make a bar graph with each day as a separate bar and then track the number of minutes your child reads each day. Or, you could make a more common book tracker where you draw a bookshelf with books on it and then write the titles of the books your child reads on the spines of the books. Another option is to create a weekly schedule for you and your child and add in time slots that you will dedicate to reading and practicing with your child.
Perhaps, before you had kids, nightly meals on the fly were a-okay. But, try loading all of your kids up in the car every day to run to the grocery store for two items you need for dinner. It gets old quick. The solutions… a meal planner in your bullet journal.
There are a number of ways to do meal planning in your bullet journal. You can make a monthly meal planner with a column for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, like the one above. Or you can incorporate nightly dinner plans into your weekly spread. No matter what you choose, having a plan ahead of time makes those evening routines go a lot smoother.
If your child is in school, there is some information that you may want to be writing down in your bullet journal. A spread with the names and extensions of all of your child’s teachers and administrators is a handy resource. But also, adding important dates like parent-teacher conferences, concerts, vacation days, etc. can help you pre-plan your schedule and if you need to find a babysitter, leave work early, etc.
Nights used to be my chill time. You know, sit down, turn the television on and not move for five hours. But, since having children, there has been no chill. Instead, we are busy eating dinner, cleaning up, taking baths, reading books, tidying the living room and picking up toys, putting on pajamas, and brushing teeth. It’s a whole ordeal.
Having a nightly routine has been absolutely crucial in our house. With pre-planned routine, we know when we have to start and finish certain activities so that the kids are in bed by their bedtimes.
The easiest way to accomplish this is to create a narrow vertical rectangle in the center of your page. Then section it off into the hours of the evening. For us, this means from around 4pm until 9:30pm. From there, start filling in your time slots with nightly activities, noting approximately how long each one takes.
Mom’s Self-Care List
This one is definitely among those that I consider the most important on this list. So frequently, moms are busy taking care of everyone else. They do laundry, cook meals, scrub toilets, run errands, give baths, read books, and every other task they can do for their family in a single day. And too frequently, they forget to take care of number one.
I am guilty of this. And while I can sustain the caretaker position for quite a while, I do get burnt out and lose touch with myself. So, I’ve put together a list of self-care activities that I enjoy doing. Check out my blog post on Self-Care in Your Bullet Journal. Some ideas might include taking a bath, reading a book, yoga, watching a show or movie you pick out, having one serving of your favorite dessert, painting your nails, getting your hair done, etc. Self-care doesn’t have to cost money, and you don’t need hours a day to do it.
Another way that has encouraged me to take more time for myself is creating a weekly schedule that is blocked off by the hour. So, for instance, most of my self-care happens after my kids go to bed. This is my quiet time and allows me to focus on myself. So, I block off time from 9pm to 10 or 11pm for things that I want to do.
Another of my favorite bullet journal page ideas for moms is a memories page. I like to do these by month, but you can find a layout and timeframe that works best for you. This page can be as simple or as intricate as you like.
You can print out and glue pictures on this page, make doodles, use lettering, or write diary-like entries. The options are endless. No matter how you choose to document your memories, these pages will be wonderful to look back on in a year or two to see how things have changed and remembered the small events that happened.
Funny Things My Kid Says
I personally have not made one of these pages, but I have seen some on Instagram and thought it was a fun idea. When kids are young, they often say things out of blue and without a filter. We remember it and laugh about it for a week or so, but then we typically forget, as these are not major events.
With this page, you can keep these candid moments forever in your journal and in your memory.
Being a mom is hard. And in the age of social media, you’ll never be liked or understood by everyone. The above pages are for fun and to encourage other moms. But, that doesn’t mean you HAVE to include all or any of these to be a good mom. At the end of the day, you do what is best for your children, your family, and yourself. Only you know what’s best, and it’s not for anyone else, myself included, to tell you what will work for you and your family. The above are only suggestions and page ideas that I personally thought could be useful or were inspiring to me.
I’m curious, what pages do you keep in your bullet journal that directly or indirectly relate to being a mom. Let me know in the comments and please share this post with other moms who might find some helpful ideas.