My oldest daughter was born in January. She was just shy of a year old the first Thanksgiving I was blessed to be her Mother. I started a tradition that Thanksgiving that I have kept up through the years and also expanded to include my younger daughter as well. Every year on the night before Thanksgiving, i sit down and write my girls a letter. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I truly take the holiday to heart and try to reflect on all the things I am grateful for each and every year. This article will offer you some tips and ideas on how to pen a Thanksgiving love letter to your child.
Include All The Year’s Milestones In The Letter. That first Thanksgiving letter I wrote, all those years ago, shared how many things my daughter learned and achieved that first year. Through the years, my letters have included memories of my girls learning to ride a bike, learning to swim, first sleepovers, and many other wonderful firsts. Include as many milestones in that letter that you can think of. Years later, it will be a real joy to sit down and reminisce with your child, using the letter as a guide.
Share Your Feelings About Watching Your Child Grow And Change During The Year. The privilege of watching a child grow and change before their very eyes has a profound effect on parents. Express the love and joy you have felt during the year as you witnessed so many changes and teachable moments. I always include a few lines in my Thanksgiving love letters about how wonderful it is as a parent to be able to witness all the wonderful moments during the year that showed me how much my girls grew and matured into lovely young people.
Share Your Moments Of Heart Swelling Pride In Your Thanksgiving Love Letter. Did your son hit a home run after practicing all summer? Did your daughter finally get an ‘A’ in Spelling after putting in hours of hard work? Letting your children know how proud you are of the effort they put into difficult tasks is so very important. Last year, my middle school daughter handled an issue with her peers in a way that I was most proud of and I made sure to include it in my Thanksgiving love letter. When she is an adult, I hope that she always remembers that I took notice and praised her for seeing a challenge through, and not taking the easy way out.
Express The Thankfulness You Feel For Your Child’s Health And Happiness. Thanksgiving is truly an opportunity to be thankful for things we may sometimes take for granted. While caught up in the day to day responsibilities and simply trying to get every item checked off the to do list, it can be easy to let the blessing of a healthy and happy kid get by us. I always tell my girls in their letters that I am so very grateful that thus far, we have not had to face any serious health crisis, and that for the most part they are easy going and joyful children. At the end of the day, the only thing that truly matters is a happy and healthy child. Not an honor roll student, a star athlete or the prettiest or the smartest. All parents, at the core, simply want their children to be healthy and happy.
After writing your Thanksgiving love letter to your child, you can place it in his or her scrapbook or tuck it away. It can be shared immediately, or placed aside to give to your child once he or she reached adulthood. The important part of this tradition is to take advantage of the holiday to recount and reflect on all the many blessings and joyful moments that have occurred during the past year.