One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is to affirm him or her through writing. In a world where written communication is most often casual (texts, emails, tweets), a letter in your own handwriting stands out. Here’s how to write a letter your child will never forget.
How to Write a Letter Your Child Will Never Forget
I’ll never forget when Abba Project dad Dennis surprisingly noticed that his thirteen-year-old daughter Olivia not only kept the letter he wrote her but placed it on top of her desk for her friends to see. He had completely expected her to be embarrassed by his card and hide it, especially from her peers. So, as you can imagine, his heart melted when he saw the positive impact his written words had made.
The beauty of putting your thoughts, dreams, love, truth, and feelings for your child into written form is so that she can read and reread it. She will treasure the things you write to him both now and for years to come.
How do I know this? Because I and many other kdis save our dad’s notes…forever!
My dad started a tradition a number of years ago of creating one-of-a-kind birthday cards for all of us girls by using a template on his computer. [You can find the tools you need to create your own cards by typing the words “Hallmark Cards Studio Software” into your search engine.]
Without a doubt, my all-time favorite card is the one he made for my 50th birthday. He made a list of 50 things he and my mom love about me and number 33 is the one that melted my heart: “SHE LOVES THE FROGS AT HER HOUSE.”
Here’s a photo of my 50th birthday card from my dad:
I laughed uproariously when reading that because I had no idea he’d remembered such a seemingly insignificant thing I’d said. But it showed me that he had listened when I said I absolutely love the sound that the choir of frogs make twice a year at the end of my street. It’s music to my ears. And he counted it among the things he loves about me.
And just so you know this annual card tradition continues to touch my heart, here’s the cover of the card my dad just gave me for my 62nd birthday. In other words, we are never too old to enjoy and treasure handmade cards from our dads!
I share all of this to say that whether or not you’re artistic or creative, just the fact that you notice and bring to light the unique things about your daughter, things you find adorable, enjoyable, and memorable, you are providing a pathway to her heart that will be a treasure to her forever.
Whether or not you’ve written letters before, here are a few letter-writing ideas to add to your repertoire. Trust me, you can tweak these ideas and apply them to your son as well!
Here are a few options to get you started:
- What was one of the first things you remember when she was born and you looked at her for the first time?
- What beauty did you see in her then and what beautiful features do you see in her now? (Girls love hearing about their eyes, smile, and the unique features that you see as beautiful)
- Write about a favorite childhood memory you have of her
- What strengths do you believe she has, both in terms of skill and in her person? (her character, personality)
- Tell her specific reasons you’re proud of her
- Write about what obstacles you have seen her overcome—emphasize such qualities as courage, resilience, strength, commitment, endurance, power
- Write about dreams you have for her future, whether in the form of your wishes for her or things you pray about for her—do this without preaching or lecturing, only encourage
- Tell her what it means to you to spend time with her
- Communicate why you love being her dad in this season of her life (add current things about her age right now that you’re aware of and highlight them as positive)
- Let her know that you will always be there for her, telling her what it means to you to be her dad
If writing isn’t your thing, still do it (I know…I’m being a tough teacher right now). I promise that your child will thrive in direct proportion to the words you speak (verbal and written) into his or her life.
And the more you hone your writing skills, the easier it will become.
On your mark, get set, write!