Monday, January 17, 2011

Letters of Manipulation

Several months ago my laptop overheated and it’s been out of commission ever since. I turned it on yesterday to move some files from it to my PC and while I was poking around on there I found a folder full of letters to my kids from The Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.

For years these mythical creatures have left notes for my kids congratulating them on lost teeth and wishing them a Happy Spring or a Merry Christmas. Aside from these well wishes, Santa and his gang have encouraged the kids to get along with each other, obey better and be more helpful. Often times they would seem to know about particular issues the kids were struggling with and would say a few words to help the kids find their way. Here’s a couple of samples…

To Crafty (age 3) via a note to Dude (age 5) from The Tooth Fairy
Let your sister know that I can’t wait for her to be a big girl, too. I am really looking forward to when I can leave her notes and treats in exchange for her teeth but only big kids get visits from me. The first sign that a child is growing up is when they use the potty all by themselves. Using the potty, and having no accidents, is a very important thing to do if you want to be a big kid.

To Mischief (age 4) from The Easter Bunny
Wow! You have grown so much since last year and I am sure you are so clever that you will find all your treats in no time. I love to hop and run and jump and I’m sure that you like to do those things too. It is very important to remember that there are good places to jump and not so good places to jump. It is great to jump on the trampoline or when you are playing outside, its not a good idea to jump on the couch, down the stairs or from the deck of the tree house. Keep safe and always wear your helmet when you ride your bike.
PS – Please stop wiping your boogers on the wall beside your bed…its gross.

I hope letters from these helpful fellows continue to inspire kids to continue to grow, mature and be better people…I can use all the back up I can get!


mns said...

Love these!!! What a great idea. I'm feeling inspiration coming over this future tooth fairy (no lost teeth yet, and he's terrified for it to happen), etc. Thanks!

Some Random Mother said...

Dude thought he was dying when he lost his first tooth! He was four and we had never even discussed it with him...I still remember the day...he was watching Sesame Street when the tooth fell out and he started yelling "Blood,'s fatal!!!" lol