What should I write . . .

Ideas on writing a letter or birthday card

I hear this comment from my kids all the time. I tell them what ever they want. By that I mean, it needs to be sincere and real. The worst thing in my opinion is for something meant to be personal to come across as formulaic. I also understand that sometime they may need prompt or ideas to get their juices going. An idea is to think of a time you and the recipient spent some time together and express how much you enjoyed their company. You can think of an interest you share with that person and write about the interest. Give a compliment but make sure it is sincere. Congratulate the recipient for something they have achieved or experienced recently. The goal is share a warm sincerity with whom you are writing to. If it is something you can smile about, share it with them. 

Actually write

Start with their name. Names mean a lot. Write in your best handwriting. Google words you are unsure of their spelling. Use a pen and take your time. Plan your message a little bit. You don't want it to be formulaic but it is ok to give it a little planning. I often find that I don't do this part and sometime find myself stuck in the middle of the writing process. Most important, do it. Take a moment and write a handwritten letter or birthday card and it will be received with joy and excitement.