When You See What This Mom Does for Her Kids’ Birthdays, You’ll Want to Do the Same

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I am a mom to three amazing little boys, ages 6, 4, and 2. I have been writing birthday letters to each of them since my firstborn turned 2. Without fail, each time I write another birthday letter, I shed more tears.

As the years fly by in the midst of chaotic motherhood, these birthday letters are a way for me to reflect upon the now and document for later. When the boys are older, perhaps when they graduate from college, I will package these letters in a nice album and give it to them as a gift. I can only hope they will treasure it as much as I adore this tradition.

Here are my top tips for writing yearly birthday letters that you should begin to implement on your child's next birthday.

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Since I have a personal blog, I started writing yearly birthday letters to my boys on my blog. My plan is to turn each birthday letter blog post into a page in an album and include photos. I would like to do a photo book for each kid every five years.

Of course, you don't have to blog to keep digital birthday letters. As always, be cautious to back up your letters in at least two places because technology fails. You do not want to lose these precious memories.

 

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Another great option is to do handwritten letters. Then store the letters in a keepsake box with other mementos and photos from the year. Then when you feel your child is old enough to appreciate such a sentimental gift, wrap up the box and let the tears fall.

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There are many different and sentimental ways to write the birthday letter. I have written a few timeline birthday letters, where I shared some of my favorite moments during each season of the previous year.

I have also written letters that highlight some of my favorite moments and developmental milestones from the year. I even include the not-so-great parts of the year, such as illnesses. If you want to do a simple letter, you could even do a top 10 list of facts about your child from that year.

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Whether you do a handwritten letter or a digital latter, a side-by-side photo comparison of the beginning of the year to the end of the year is a must. I love seeing the physical growth over the course of one year, especially for the first-birthday letter.

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If you struggle with writing a sappy, full-length birthday letter, gather up 20 of your favorite photos from the year and write a caption on the back. Then place a ribbon around the photos and put them in a fancy box. By the time your child is 18, you will have an amazing collection of childhood photos to give to them.

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When You See What This Mom Does for Her Kids’ Birthdays, You’ll Want to Do the Same

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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