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02 January 2011

Write the Kids

Every year or two I write a letter to my kiddos.
I address it to my house, post it, then when it arrives in the mailbox I put it away for safekeeping. 
These bundles of letters are meant to be a time capsule of sorts; maybe opened when the girls become mothers themselves, or reach some other milestone.  Or if I'm not here in the future, I like to think that the girls will have these letters describing what their lives were like as children.

Every once in a while I enclose toy flyers with a toy they received for Christmas that year, or a news article that will seem funnily out of date down the road.
 
I have also enclosed other dated momentos like money that's become extinct (our $1.00 and $2.00 bills) and lately I have been enclosing a photograph with the letter so they can have a visual frame of reference as they read about themselves at different ages.  In our highly digitized age, I'd like to leave a trail of paper so to speak.
What kind of traditions do you have for your children?  I'd love some fresh ideas.

16 comments:

Kelly said...

I write letters to my children too, but don't actually mail them. Since they are usually the ones that get the mail, they would open it! I like your ideas about adding those little extras, I may have to start doing that. For now I have a box in my closet filled with letters for them.

Another tradition is we video tape every Christmas. That way if we forget to video tape at other times we always can look back at Christmas. This tradition started when I was a child, so except for some that have been lost over the years, we have them dating back to the late 70's.

Lori said...

Oh my goodness this is making me sob. Your kids will cherish these when they get older! What a great idea.

And I was so excited to see the $1 & $2 bills! Haven't seen those in years. I had forgotten the 2 was red!

Melissa said...

I used to write to Wednesday on her birthday and kept a journal for her as well, but you know how things go. I should pick it back up again though, it is never to late to tell your children how much you love them yes?!
I love love your idea of the paper trail of the present I will definately be doing that one as well, and I am sure I can dig up six million photos lol.
Happy new year mama!

made at greenlodge said...

oh, i cried, not sure if i have the courage to take such an emotional journey. . . but i will try. . . and as you said it doesn't have to be done every year . . . thank you

Cathy said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I lost my Mom unexpectedly right before Christmas, and what a treasure it would have been to have something like that from her. I resolved to take more pictures WITH my kids (since I'm normally the photographer, I'm in very few pictures with them), so they will have them later. I will add writing them letters now too.

Celeste said...

What a great idea. I will have to start doing this for my kids. When are you planning to have them read them?

SewTara said...

This is a really sweet idea!!
I'm sure they will love to sit down one day and open them and enjoy the feel of the papers and clippings and such. So fun.

Kelsey said...

What a brilliant idea! I don't have kids, but I would one day love to do something very similar for them.

Cecilia said...

I loved your idea. I think I'm going to do something like that for my baby girl, I'm sure she will like to read about herself or how I feel about her when she is older.

Thanks for sharing this great idea.

Pacokeco said...

Awesome idea! I'd even let them open the letters once they arrived before tucking them away for safekeeping because an extra confirmation of love never hurts. I kept an entire newspaper from the day each child was born. They'll look back and say "gasoline was HOW MUCH?!" and think we had it good.

p.s. you always find the coolest stamps!

E J said...

My dad would always interview us on our birthday - and keep a record of our interview in his journal. He's done it for as long as I can remember (and still does it . . . and I'm now in my 30s). He asks us both fun and serious questions - what's your favorite color, who is your best friend, where do you want to live, what do you want to do, what are your feelings on religion, politics, etc. When we all get together one of our favorite things to do is to have him read the entries (and to see if our goals and dreams as 5 year olds were met).

leigh7911 said...

This is so sweet, and really made me think. Also, for a second there, I'd forgotten you're Canadian and was starting to wonder how in the blazes I'd missed the $1 bill going extinct. :)

Shannon said...

I have a Manadrin Orange Box that I have been adding to year by year (little man is only 3) plus I have a Journal that I write the funny things he says & does in ... but I only started that 6 months ago or so ... due to my Gramma telling me over and over that I need to write those stories down so I can give them to him one day. I like our letter Idea though - will def. have to do that too :)

Kate said...

What a great idea, I'm saving it in my to do file. I already plan on sharing a journal with my son when he's older, writing back and forth, but the idea of mailing him letters to open when he's grown is just delightful.

Jes said...

We do Personal Parent Interviews (PPIs) about once a month and each child has a little journal (composition book) that we write in. We ask them questions about life, school, favorite things, etc. and write down their answers and remind them of our love and give encouragement and praise. I'd like to do this every week because they love it so much, especially having Mom and Dad all to themselves. It's been great.

Constance said...

Will be making this a new tradition, what a great idea! My children are such prolific artists, now I know what I can do with some of they're drawings! Thanks for sharing