My daughter’s love language is definitely receiving cards and gifts. She doesn’t ask for anything large or extravagant, but knowing that I was thinking of her while she was away is a powerful force in her life. It communicates love in a way that most other things can’t — especially when coupled with “mommy-time.”
One of her favorite expressions of love comes from the mailman. Every day after school she asks me:
- (A) if I got the mail, and
- (B), if there was anything for her.
I try to explain that it was loaded with junk mail and bills, but it doesn’t stop her from flipping through each envelope to check. You know, “just in case.”
It’s made me think…
How 49¢ Can Make Your Little One Smile
What I’ve been trying to do lately is put a card in the mail for her and then let her empty the mailbox on the day it is likely to arrive. Seeing her face light up when she encounters my folded Hallmark love is priceless. She positively beams when tearing through the envelope to the precious cargo of warm-fuzzy words and affirmation inside.
To help me continue sending love on a more regular basis, I’ve begun selecting a few cards from my ample stash (it’s a problem, I know) and then leave them on my dresser (yet out of her view). One by one I’ll peel off a layer, add a handwritten note to the inside, artfully scrawl a few hearts and “xo’s”, and pop it in the mail!
If receiving a love letter from mom or dad would encourage your child, I challenge you to give it a try!
What other gift can you find for 49¢ that is equally as edifying and uplifting?
To encourage you in this post office exhibition of love, I’m announcing my first annual “Valentine 14″ beginning here on February 1st! For two weeks you’ll receive letter-writing or card-sending prompts that you can use to communicate love to your children.
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