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Thanks for joining me at Friday Letters. Since publishing the little book, Held in the Arms of Love, I have been asked lots of questions about writing letters to one’s children. Friday Letters is to make the process easy and fun. You can join me just for today or come back on a weekly basis.

  • What’s the purpose of this blog?
    The purpose of this blog is to help parents create a meaningful letter to their child, even if it’s only one paragraph long and takes 15 minutes to write.
  • How it works:
    Each Friday a new question will be put up on this blog. Your response to this week’s question can stand on its own or be joined together with answers to future questions.

    Read this week’s question and spend no more than 15 minutes writing your answer.

    (Obviously everything you want to say can’t be said in 15 minutes but this gets your thoughts down on paper and you can always write more letters in the future.)

  • Handling the excuses

    Don’t have any time
    15 minutes???????

  • What do I write this on?
    For the online writers make a special folder, or start a blog. For the paper people, get a journal, a stack of post it notes, a special card you picked up at your favorite stationery store or just a piece of computer paper or a combination of all of the above.
  • Where do I store them?
    You could choose a special box or a file called important papers or a safe deposit box. The main thing is to find a secure place where you and your family can find them. Another idea is that can seal and address your letters for the date you want your child to read it; when they are an adult, when they become a parent or any other time you choose.
  • I am not a good writer.
    As you can tell by my grammar and misspelled words (even with spell checker)…you have nothing to worry about. The main thing is to speak from your heart no matter how silly it sounds when you reread it. The heart can always be heard.
  • I don’t have anything meaningful to say to my child.
    If you could have only one paragraph from your parents of how proud they are of you…what would that be worth?
  • I may have changed my mind about this after I have sealed the letter.
    Write another letter and put it with the first…your child will be interested to see even you can grow.
  • I can’t write meaningful things.
    If you are someone who loves music or poetry or quotations…let others speak for you.
  • Can’t think of a thing to write.
    Try starting with this question…How did you feel the first time you saw your child’s face?
  • If that one is not right for you, there are over 150 questions to choose from in our prompt archives and several Tuesday projects…

    Just start with one letter or
    project and HAVE FUN!

If you could have only one paragraph from your parents of how proud they are of you…what would that be worth?