Saturday, December 09, 2006

Day 292 - Write a Letter to Your Baby

Today's first time parenting tip - Write a letter to your baby at least once a year.

Time seems to fly by very fast. You're probably taking lots of pictures, keeping your baby book meticulously up-to-date, etc.

As the years go on, this will probably subside. Not for lack of love, but just because all the new things that seem to come daily now will become more routine. How do you want to remember your child's life?

A great way to do this is write a yearly letter to your child. You know how some people send out Holiday cards with a summation of the family's year? This is essentially what you'll be doing for your baby.

When they're 18 and moving out of the house, you'll have a nice little chronology of their lives. It'll be fun to look back on everything that happened from birth to adulthood, and your child will probably love reading back on it and learning about what their life was like before they could remember.

Your yearly letter can include, but isn't limited to:

  • What they did that year

  • What happened in the world that year

  • Anything you feel about their past, present or future

  • Things that happened in your life

Heather over at Dooce writes a monthly letter to her daughter on her blog. This is a great option to because you can share it with family, and it might be more fun for you to keep up a blog for your baby. You can make it private too, so no one can see but you.

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