No, I’m not talking about money or setting up a fund to better your child’s financial future. Though that is obviously a wise idea!
I’m talking about something even simpler than that. Something that will probably impact them for the rest of their lives.
A gift for your child’s future that costs nothing but a few minutes of your time.
I’m talking about setting up an email account in the name of your child, and emailing them weekly. Sharing with them your thoughts about them, your dreams for them, recent photos and stories. Funny things they’re currently saying and doing, moments you want them to remember and words of wisdom you want to share with them.
The idea is to then gift these email accounts to them when they’re 16.
Where they will have thousands of emails to look back on, detailing their life throughout the years and recalling fond memories that were otherwise easily forgotten.
My children are 4 and 2.
I set up an email account for both of them this week and both hubby and I have been emailing them.
In these emails I tell them they’re the joy and the highlights of my life. I tell them I’m proud of them. I tell them something funny they said to me and how it made me laugh. I tell them what life is like to them at the moment, being 4 and 2 years old.
They may be too young to understand and read the emails now, but my hope is that when they turn 16 and we gift them their passwords, they will find love within the thousands of words that have been written. They will see we have always had their back, despite the many mistakes we’ve made as their parents. They will see they have always been our priority, our blessings, our joy. [Read more…]