I found this idea on Pinterest a while ago and knew right away it was something I’d love to start with my daughter. She and I have had an interesting relationship lately… hot and cold to put it nicely. I’m hoping it’s just normal 7 year old angst (is there such a thing?!) but I thought that communicating together in a fun way might help bridge the gap. It’s a simple concept… get a notebook of some kind (I used a composition book that I had altered earlier but never used. See the tutorial I did here.) and make it pretty. It could be plain too, but I think dressing it up a little helps it seem more special. On the first page write a note inviting your daughter to be your pen pal. Instead of mailing letters back and forth, you just keep them all in this notebook. Then leave it on her bed for her to find. When she writes back, she’ll leave it on your bed. I used the opening letter found on this site:
Would you like to be pen pals? I thought it would be fun to be pen pals, but instead of sending letters through the mail, we’ll keep them in this notebook. I will write to you, and leave the notebook on your bed. Then, when you want to write me back, you write on the next page and leave the notebook on my bed.
You can write anything you like. It can be funny or serious or anything you want to write. Sound like fun?
P.S. Write back soon! XOXOX!
It’s only been a few weeks since we started our notebook and it’s such a sweet treat when I see she’s left it on my bed. Her little notes are cute and heartwarming…and it helps her practice writing, which is always good! Here’s her latest response to my letter asking her about the first week of second grade….
I hope this is a tradition we continue for a long time. Thanks for stopping by!