Letters to Dad

According to the calendar, Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but around here the note writing is in full force. Greysen has been asking for pen and paper to write notes throughout the day.


Greysen has also been asking for her Dad when she wakes up from her afternoon nap, sometimes crying while asking for him to give her a hug. I suggested giving her notes an addressee – none other than Dad.

Remembering how different sizes of paper often inspired different types of marks, I offered Greysen two sizes. She made no mention of size, but did choose “yellow.”


I suggested that she write to Dad and tell him what she wanted to say to him when she was sad. She also wrote the label, after which I asked her where I should write my part. I have been thinking about labeling things as another way to encourage writing, so this is a start.


This little mailbox is from my childhood. I recently saw ones just like it at Target in the dollar bins.



By the time she places her note(s) to dad in the mailbox, her sadness has dissipated and she’s intent on writing to others. What a bonus for Mike when he comes home to a raised mailbox flag. The letters are a tangible conversation starter between the two of them, and while there are no words to read, Greysen readily tells him some tidbits about the experience.


I’m wondering, do you keep any tangible conversation starters or records of the day for your children and out-of-home working parent, and if so, how have they affected your child’s relationship with them?



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