How to Write a Love Letter to Your Child

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How to Write a Love Letter to Your Child
Vanessa Bell

The task might seem overwhelming, but you'll never regret the time spent writing a love letter to your child. Cement your aspirations and emotions into a tangible message that your child will cherish always. Encompassing your love into a letter might seem impossible, but it's so worth it. Here are a few simple tips to get you started...

Know The Value
Vanessa Bell

Know The Value

Understanding the gift you are creating for your child is an important - yet often overlooked - step of writing a love letter to your child. As they grow, children yearn to understand their place in the world, and they look first to their caregivers to define those roles. Before you write a love letter to your child, take a moment to appreciate the incredible gift you are creating for them. Be inspired by the chance to forever speak to your child. A purposed and meaningful love letter will be a gift your child will treasure for a lifetime.

Address Your Child
Vanessa Bell

Address Your Child

From the moment they're born to the time we depart this earth, our children will always be our babies. Even still, as you begin your love letter, address your child from the point of development they are currently in and open your love letter with a bit of record keeping for future reference. If you're writing to a newborn, take note of their growth or milestones. Make mention of a school aged child's grade level or an adult child's major life accomplishment. Your child's identity and journey is constantly changing, so taking stock of their growth with statements like, "this summer you turned four and officially became a swimmer!" will help with reflection of the letter when they're older.

Express Your Love
Vanessa Bell

Express Your Love

In a quiet space, your favorite picture of them near by, allow yourself to express how much you truly love your child. Make certain that they know you love them unconditionally; that your love does not waver. Take this moment to tell them that their place in your heart will never be lost to the craziness of life, or given away to other people. The world can be harsh, but in your love they will always find safe harbor. Early in your letter, express your love as wholeheartedly as possible.

Be Curious
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Be Curious

As parents, we know a lot... but we don't know everything. Use a love letter to ask your child what they may be thinking. Take time to express wonderment over the complex being they are. Be concrete in your questions, which further documents development and specific moments in time. Statements like, "I wondered what you were painting, so diligently and focused. When I asked, you said an elephant. It was the most beautiful elephant I've ever seen" expresses praise and admiration for your child, while also telling a cute story of a preschooler's artistic inclinations.

Be Inspired
Vanessa Bell

Be Inspired

Parenthood certainly changes a person. Take a moment in your love letter to express how becoming their parent has inspired you, as an individual. Have they given you the courage to pursue a dream? Are you healthier now because you want to role model healthy living? Do you enjoy the small things in life more? In your love letter, tell your child how their presence has impacted yours.

Stand For Something
Vanessa Bell

Stand For Something

Apart from your love, use your letter to further instill the values in which you are raising your child. As they grow, they'll receive messages from everywhere - the television, online, teachers and friends - so don't be shy in pushing your virtues. Stand up for what you believe in with conviction and love. Simple phrases like, "I love how much you love to read. Education is the gateway to so much in life!' tells your child what you value and wish for their future.

Conclude With Context
Vanessa Bell

Conclude With Context

In concluding your love letter, give your child a context in which their lives exist. Especially for small children, take note of how their world looks in relation to the family's foundation. How does your child fit into the big picture at this very moment? What strengths and attributes do they contribute? Emote a sense of community, explaining how and why your child's role is invaluable and necessary to the foundation in which they live.

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