Are you leaving a job anytime soon? Or will you ever leave?
Here is a great idea for a going away present for the kids. Make a series of letters for them. Label the envelopes so that they know when to open.
Label one - open when you miss me
Inside put a letter with a picture of you- include a happy memory or some other personal message
Label one- open when you are bored
Inside put a word search or list of riddles
Label one- open when you feel discouraged
Inside you could put a quote that inspires you or a story about a time in the kid’s past where they achieved something spectacular
Open this when you feel lonely
Inside put a letter about the first time you met the child
Open this when you feel very proud
Inside put a photo of you hugging the child or a congratulatory message
Open this when you are going on a trip
Inside put some questions on a sheet of paper for them to fill out and mail to you about their trip
Open this when you are feeling scared
Inside put a few ideas for being brave or about a time you were brave yourself.
Open this when you graduate high school
Open this when you get married
Open this when you ...
The best part of this gift is that it can be changed to fit whatever circumstances that you are in with your family. Younger kids can get letters that are aimed at them that a parent might read. Older kids get personal messages.
You could even use this gift for occasions like the birth of a new baby, the holidays, or big life events. You can personalize it to make it make sense for the relationship you have with the kids and the occasion as well as the personality of the family.