The art of letter writing is dead; you practically have to go on “Survivor” or “Big Brother” to get letters from home. Recently I learned of a teen retreat where the kids would be given letters written by family members, telling him/her how much he/she is loved. They were deemed, â€œlove notesâ€ for the teens.
Itâ€™s easy to tell a baby or a toddler how much you love him/her, but teens are tricky. You donâ€™t want to embarrass them, or feel rejected if they donâ€™t return the sentiments — but a letter is the perfect way to connect.
I was asked to participate in one of these letter-writing â€œcampaignsâ€ and jotted down some words of inspiration for the teen. At first, you think:
What should I say?
Will it be too sappy?
Will I stare at a blank page for hours not able to put words to paper?
I canâ€™t write.
Donâ€™t over think it. Just write down a few thoughts and give it to your teen. I have to remember this for when my son is a teenager. Iâ€™ll file the idea away in the â€œgreat ideaâ€ category.