** Free Resource – Inner child journaling prompts

Your inner child is the part of your subconscious mind that has been absorbing events and emotions from childhood.

Our inner child also represents the part of us that is filled with wonder, creativity, mischievousness, joy and feels hope for the future.

When we go through traumatic stress during childhood, the inner child becomes wounded. This affects who you are as an adult and can cause self-sabotaging behaviors.

By re-parenting yourself, you get to heal your inner child’s wounds and stop self-sabotage.


Inner Child Journaling Prompts


1. What was your childhood like? Was it generally happy? Stressful? Sad?

2. What is your first memory?

3. What did you do for fun as a child?

4. What did you want to be when you grew up? Have you fulfilled that? Did your dream change?

5. Who was your childhood hero? What did you like about them?

6. Who were your favorite teachers? What did you like about them? As an adult, do you possess these qualities now?

7. What always fascinated you as a child?

8. What activities did you enjoy as a child?

9. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? Write about them.

10. Did you have a ‘safe space’ as a child? If so, what was it like and what did it make you feel?

11. When you were a child, how did you imagine your life would be when you as a grown-up?

12. Describe a time when someone hurt your feelings as a child.

13. How do you feel when you’re around children?

14. What do the terms “childish” or “childlike” mean to you?

15. What was your relationship with your parents like as a child? What’s it like now? How do you feel about this?

16. Other than your parents, who were you close to as a child? Are you still close? What happened?

17. What traits did you have as a child that you still have? Which traits did you have but ‘grew out’ of? Why was this?

18. Did anyone shame you growing up? If so, what did they shame you about?

19. Were you ever told to hide certain parts of you that others deemed ‘inappropriate’? How does this make you feel now?

20. What is your negative self-talk about?

21. Did your caregivers encourage you to express difficult emotions, like hurt or anger? Were you taught to suppress these emotions?

22. How do you usually soothe your inner child or deal with emotional discomfort?

23. What makes you feel anxious? What triggers these feelings? Where do these feelings stem from?

24. Do you prioritize yourself? If not, why?

25. Imagine yourself sitting in front of your child-self right now. What would you say to them?

26. What dreams did I have as a child?

27. What was the moment I stopped being playful?

28. How did it feel before I lost my playfulness, experiencing pure joy without guilt, shame or anxiety?

29. What does my inner child want/need from me and how can I give that to them?

30. How can I embody the person that we (my inner child and I) wished we had in our life as a child?


Please reach out if you’d like support in this journey.


Katrina Murphy

Katrina Murphy

Katrina Murphy is a Professional Intuitive Mindset and Confidence Coach in Ontario, Canada, serving clients across Canada and internationally. Katrina helps professionals to change the relationship that they have with themselves so they can reconnect both in their relationships and at work. She’s been featured in various publications and is the creator of the Power-Passion-Purpose Framework.

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