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What I Learned from Writing Love Notes to My Kids

I’m doing a 100 Day Challenge with my real estate coach and one of the things we have to do in the challenge is to write a note everyday to someone in your immediate family.  So everyday, I put envelopes up on the wall for everyone (me, my husband, Alex, and Emily) to keep our notes.  Every night, I write them a short note and stick it on their envelope for the morning.  When they wake up, their excited to see what I wrote them.  We read the note and then they put it in their envelope.

What Love Notes Do I Write For My Kids?

If you aren’t sure what notes to write, here are a few ideas.  Just remember to keep it simple and from the heart.  Mine are almost always one sentence and it takes less than 2 minutes to write them.  Even when I’m super tired, I know those extra 2 minutes mean a lot to the kids when they wake up.

  • Something good that they did that day (e.g., “Great job climbing to the top of the playground by yourself!”)
  • “I’m proud of you because…”
  • Affirmations (e.g., “You’re the BEST, Alex!”)
  • A simple “I love you! Love, Mom”

How Writing Love Notes to My Kids Has Changed Our Lives

Before starting this challenge, I was already in the habit of writing down my gratitudes in a journal, so it wasn’t too hard to add in writing the notes to my kids.  But about a month into this project, my 5 year old son started writing notes back to me!  And my 3 year old daughter asked me to write “Mom” everywhere on a post it note and she stuck it into my envelope for me!

SUPER PROUD MOMMY MOMENT!

I’m also so glad that I put up the envelopes to keep all of the notes.  My daughter especially loves to take all of her notes out of her envelope and have me re-read them to her.  It is like she re-lives her proudest moments from each day.  I love seeing the smile on her face when we re-read the notes together in the morning.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do after the challenge is over, but I know I’ll continue to write notes to my kids in some capacity.  It’s been a great experience and has definitely brought our whole family closer.  I also write a love note to my husband every night as well and he occasionally will write one back to me too.

Ready to write love notes to your kids, but aren’t sure what to write?  Download my 50 Love Notes to Write Your Kids for a  list of ideas and inspiration!

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