In an era of email, IM, text messages, and Facebook, a handwritten, pen-and-paper letter carries a lot of personal significance. Today on Home School Heartbeat, with HSLDA President Mike Smith, learn about the important art of writing letters to your children.
This week, I’m pleased to have Jill Novak on the program with us. Jill is a writer, publisher, a wife, and a homeschooling mom. Jill, welcome! Glad to have you!
Well, thanks so much for having me, Mike! I’m looking forward to this.
Jill, you and your family advocate writing together. One way for parents to cultivate writing in their family is through letters. Would you tell our listeners about the unique impact that letters from a parent can have on a family?
Well, Mike, letter-writing bridges the gap between the words we long to express as parents and the words our children and grandchildren will remember for the rest of their lives. My mother only wrote two short letters to me over my lifetime, but in doing so she imparted a lasting legacy of love, and a memorial to her relationship with the Lord. Her words, though few, were well-chosen, and gave me the vision for writing letters to my children. Letter-writing is vital for nurturing family relationships and passing our values on to the next generation. And in a home where parents place significance on the written word, the children are more likely to, also.
Jill, what a wonderful opportunity for parents to encourage and impart wisdom to their children! And thanks for joining us today! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.