August 30, 2020
Dear H, 4 Years Old

Dear H, The nursery rhyme is wrong. Boys are made up of "everything nice" too. Sure, they love frogs and snails and puppy dog tails as much as little girls, but they are also sweet beyond measure. If we hadn't had you, I wouldn't have known that three-year-old boys are pure delight. Joy in fullness. […]

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April 18, 2020
Dear A, 8 Years Old

Dear A, Teachers and other adults typically comment on three things when they describe you. First, people say that you are "super sweet," "kind," and "caring." I concur. These attributes are evident in the ways that you treat others. You are selfless, choosing quietly to let others go first or to select the biggest scoop […]

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March 24, 2020
Dear O, 11 Years Old

Dear O, You are the the Jo March of our family. A writer. An actress. A performer. A poet. You love fiercely and truly. You speak clearly and influentially. You even have pencil marks on your hand from so much writing. (And, yes, you have the fiery temper to match too). When you take any […]

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October 23, 2019
Dear K, 13 Years Old

Dear K, When you were five years old, Tim and I used to remark to each other that you were an adult in a child's body. You had a serious and perceptive way of viewing the world that didn't quite fit your small frame. Now that you are thirteen, you remain the same - responsible, […]

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October 22, 2019
Dear H, 3 years old

Dear H, It may be a fourth kid phenomenon, but these past three years have been a blur. You were a chubby, smiling baby in my arms and - blink - you are now a blonde-haired, long-limbed little boy. Sometimes I think back to when we were trying to decide about having a fourth baby […]

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May 7, 2019
Dear A, 7 years old

Dear A, If I were to describe you to a friend in one sentence, I would say, "she is a girl of deep character, quiet goodness, and genuine humility." You are remarkably selfless for a child (or an adult, for that matter). Whenever ice cream or cake is served, you wait to be the last […]

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