Writing a letter to your child

Sometimes it can be hard to tell children how you feel.

When your child is going through adolescence and young adulthood, it’s normal for them to try things on their own and to have some of their own privacy.  However, being a teenager is also a difficult time so it is natural for parents to worry about them and wonder whether they are being safe. It might also seem more complicated to effectively communicate with adolescents.

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Photo Credit: mattcornock Flickr via Compfight cc

One way to let your children know what you want them to know and to try to communicate with them is to write them a letter. You could start out by filling in these blanks:

Dear Child,

I want to share a little with you.

I think you’re really good at ______

I am really proud of you for _____

I enjoy doing ______ with you the most.

I feel _____

Ways you could help me would be _____

I would like to know more about _____

Thanks for being you.

Try it out and let us know how it went!  Do you think a letter would make it easier for you to talk to your child?

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