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Yes, you read the title correctly “hangcliffers.” Over the last few years, many moms have shared with me things their sons and daughters have said to them, sometimes it’s a word or a phrase. Then other times it’s very creative ideas. If you’re like most moms, we are good to remember our to-do list for the day but years from now will we recall the unique words, phrases, or ideas when our kids were growing up? You may remember some, but not all.

From those conversations with other moms and my ever-growing lack of memory, I decided to grab a composition notebook (you know the cute ones you can pick up at TJMaxx or Marshall’s and started writing notes to my daughter). It’s not a journal. It’s more like a collection of letters to her in a notebook where I am sharing her gifts, talents, and special events. It is also a great memory book of sorts for her too.

Benefits of Writing Letters

  1. It keeps you grounded and grateful in your parenting journey. I’m on the lookout daily for her amazing thoughts, sayings, and inspirations.
  2. Experiences recorded. I don’t write in my notebook every day or even every week. But, I do keep it on my work desk to remind me to be on the lookout for greatness – big and small. It could include how she taught her friends how to use Redstone on her Minecraft server or being selected for the Academy soccer team.
  3. When the days get hard, and they will, it’s just part of parenting, you can thumb through and read a few earlier entries in the notebook for a smile, laugh, and a good cry. I promise it’s worth it.
  4. Writing the letters is a fun part of my day that makes me laugh and reminds me how much she’s grown as a person.

How To Get Started

  • Write “buy a notebook” on your to-do list or jump on Amazon to order a notebook today! Here is a link to my favorite notebook
  • Keep the notebook on your desk or nightstand (somewhere you are daily)
  • Start writing things down that your kiddo says, does, and shares with you.

This is a great way to write down things you would want to share with your kiddo as an adult but you are afraid you won’t remember. I’m 100% sure you won’t remember all the details if you don’t write them down as they happen.


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