Letter writing is a joyful, difficult, precious and confusing experience. We all want to make a difference in our sponsored children’s lives. But we don’t always know how to connect well on paper.
And so we have questions.
The Compassion Blog has tackled many questions on all types of letter writing topics. So to help you find the direction you need, we’ve compiled a list of those answers to important questions. If you resonate with any of the questions and struggles below, click through to the full article to find a comprehensive answer and helpful guidance.
Unfortunately, you never get to see your child open a letter. You don’t know if they smile as they read it or if they stash the letter away so they can pore over your words in future dark moments. All you know is that you put some very average-sounding words down and sent them. How will your child react?
Writing can feel difficult and like a stab in the dark. Are you making a difference with your words?
Ten center directors want you to know that you are. See how the seeds you’re planting with letter writing are yielding more of a harvest than you know.
We all know how it goes sometimes. You care deeply about your child and want to know more about them. You ask questions about their family, their home, their future dreams.
The letters you receive back (which sometimes don’t come as often as you’d like) may not show any indication that your child even read your questions. Sure, you hear from us that your letters are making a difference. So, then, why is this happening? Why does it feel harder to engage with your child than you’d hoped?
Kids are kids, and sometimes they struggle to communicate, even when they are moved by letters. Learn how age, relationships and personality can all influence their letters, making them differ from our usual expectations.
Am I a bad sponsor because I don’t write my kid often enough? Usually when you have this thought, it keeps you from writing for even longer.
But don’t worry — you’re not alone. Sometimes guilt can eat away at us, paralyzing us with inaction and distracting us from the beauty of what’s happening: A child’s life is being changed. Be comforted that you’re in good company, learn to let go of guilt and find deep gratitude for this amazing experience of being in a child’s life.
Letter writing is hard to remember to do. For most of us, it’s not something we do with other people in our lives. How can we practically (and still guilt-free) learn to be just a bit more consistent in encouraging our children?
Sometimes just a few simple ideas can help. So regardless of whether you made a formal resolution to write more or not, use these five tips to become a more regular letter writer this year.