4 Reasons to Write Your Family Love Letters

Love letters can be a special way to share your feelings with your family.

Cheryl Butler
2-minute read

The world swooned when tennis player Serena Williams recently announced she was expecting her first baby.  And as if that news wasn’t thrilling enough, she grabbed even more attention when she posted a letter she wrote to her unborn baby. The letter read:

“My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can't wait to meet you. I can't wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you ... once again today. From the world's oldest number one to the world's youngest number one. -Your Mommy, April 24, 2017."

Here are four reasons to share a special note with your child or other loved ones in your life.

1. Just Because

Kids and family members are used to getting cards for occasions such as birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or for a special occasion like First Communion or a Bat or Bar Mitzvahs. But they never expect to receive one for no reason at all.  Surprise your child, spouse, close friend, or neighbor by sending them a hand written note or greeting card “just because” you want them to know they are special to you.

2. Encouragement

There are plenty of times when life just doesn’t go our way, and we’re left feeling discouraged or disappointed.  Perhaps your son didn’t make the cut for the baseball team, or your spouse missed out on landing a big account. Or maybe your mother-in-law had to finally give up playing tennis due to her bad knee. Whatever the setback, this is the perfect time to send some written words of encouragement to show your support with a letter.

3. Congratulations

We all need to feel validated from time to time, especially if we’ve been working diligently towards a goal that is finally accomplished.  Take a few moments to pen a note of congratulations for your daughter's first after-school job, your son's driver’s permit, or your spouse’s promotion at work. We tend to be much better at verbally acknowledging these victories, so when we take the time to share our feelings of happiness in writing, we’re really making a statement.

4.  I Owe You

Today’s busy lifestyles leave families much less time for relaxing and  hanging out. We’re often running in many different directions as we try to juggle work, home, and family.  Take back some quality family time by sending an “I Owe You” letter to your spouse and kids promising them a weekend outing, or dinner at a favorite restaurant or even a day or two to do absolutely nothing at all but enjoy each other’s company.

For more ideas visit the Mighty Mommy page.

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All content here is for informational purposes only. This content does not replace the professional judgment of your own mental health provider. Please consult a licensed mental health professional for all individual questions and issues.

About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.