Continuing on with 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids! Today we're looking at an activity that is dear to my heart as a writer.
When I was in middle school and high school, I was always writing letters. I once filled up an entire 1 subject notebook writing one letter to one boy in a week's time. Talk about crazy.
These days, the only boys I write letters to are my sweet sons and of course my girls, too.
From Kathi's book:
Write Your Child a Note
Write your kid a love note.
Making the Connection
Back when my kids were younger, we kept a small, lidded basket better known as the "family mailbox" in the middle of our cluttered kitchen counter. And inside it, I'd often find sticky notes with the words "I love you, Mom," written with green glitter pen in my daughter's best nine-year-old cursive.
Our family mailbox was a great way to encourage each other and brighten our kids' days. Even when my kids grew past the age of wanting notes in their brown-paper lunch bags where their friends could see them, they never minded finding a note or a small treat in the family mailbox.
Since then, I've learned that a handwritten and heartfelt note can go a long way to make someone feel loved, cared for, and appreciated. So for this connection, I want you to write your kid a love note and leave it somewhere where she'll find it.
Make Connecting Fun
Here are a few ideas to get the ink flowing.
- Start a family mailbox. All you need is a basket, a pad of paper, and a pen. You can start the ball rolling by writing notes to each member of your family. You could start with a note of encouragement or maybe a Bible verse. End the note with a question, such as, "If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?" I promise you will get some fascinating mail in your little basket.
- Welcome your kid home with a note. I saw this on Pinterest. Use dry-erase markers to write "Welcome home! I love you!" on a china plate. Then prop up the plate on a plate stand and put it on the counter for your kids to see when they get home from school.
- Send notes in your kid's lunch. In her book Love Notes in Lunchboxes: And Other Ideas to Color Your Child's Day, Linda Gilden tells about the day her daughter said: "You know, Mom, I don't really remember what you said in all those notes you wrote in my lunches. But I remember you wrote them and they always showed you cared. Some days I think all you said was, 'Have a good day' or 'You are special,' but it meant a lot. Just to know that you took the time to write a note and that you thought it was an important part of my lunch made my day. Most kids only had food in their lunch bags!"Yes, food is an essential part of the lunchbox. But even more important than the food for our children’s bodies is the food for their spirits. And it doesn’t have to be dispensed in a lunchbox. There are plenty of ways to encourage and affirm our children.
- Write out an acrostic using the letters of your child's name. Hang it on their door or on the fridge so they can see how great you think they are. J ust so funny E nergetic R eady for anything E veryone loves him M y favorite person to watch cartoons with Y ou are a great kid!
- Send Scripture notes. Can't think of what to write? God gave us a whole book of love notes. Just borrow one of His! Then add a few words of your own.
God’s Note: "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always" (1 Chronicles 16:11).
Mom's or Dad's note: Always trust God. He knows what's best for you, and He is bigger than any problem you may have.
- Write a list. Jot down a quick list and leave it on a sticky note on the bathroom mirror where your child can see it when they brush their teeth or get ready for school. Try "Top Three Reasons I Love You" or "Top Five Reasons Our Family Is the Greatest" or "Top Five Reasons You Are My Favorite Lunchbox Kid."
Make it a priority to write a letter to your child in the next day or two!