WonderDad of the Week – Nils Dahlgren, The Dad Life of a Single Father With 3 Boys
May 17, 2019
Birthday Letters are truly an incredible way to create a priceless gift that you can someday give to your kids where they can reminisce on who exactly they were at that specific age and all the awesome bonding experiences you shared together. Basically all you need to do is, every year on each of their birthdays, find 30-minutes to yourself to write them a letter chronicling the last year of their life. Share everything from funny anecdotes to achievements to memorable moments and anything else you feel shaped them as a child. So much happens in a year of your child’s life, it’s easy to forget some of the little moments with the busy schedule that comes with being a Dad. Birthday Letters are your new secret weapon to go from Dad to WonderDad.
When writing the letter, think about what specifically happened over the past year that really stood out such as important milestones. Did your child accomplish a new skill? Was there a special occasion like turning 7 or maybe a school dance? Did anything particularly embarrassing happen? Did you go on any special trips? What were some of the goofy and funny moments you still laugh about? Your letter may be a half page, a full page or even longer. It really doesn’t matter. Just take out a pen and paper or your laptop and start writing and see where it takes you. It’s all about writing things down in the moment and preserving some of the best memories of the year prior. Another WonderDad tip is in the meantime, while you’re saving these letters until you’re ready to give them to your kids, you can re-read them when you’re away on business or they’re away at camp or even just having a bad day. It’s bound to make you feel connected even when you’re not together.
Make this a yearly tradition and collect them all. Then when your child heads off to college or wherever they may venture in the world, present all of the letters as gift in a special book right before they leave. This may end up being the most memorable gift your child will ever receive and definitely the most unique and special. This simple tradition will become a priceless gift for you both to enjoy. Birthday Letters will also give you a couple extra moments every year of feeling like the great Dad you are while you are writing the letters as you really embrace the moments of your kids childhood.
Why not write your first letter right now?