PMA International’s Mothers/Advocates are working heart-to-heart and hand-to-hand with PMA INTL’s Network Hear Us Now!! ( H.U.N) to educate and communicate the deep love a mother has for her child. Our intention is to help the moms express their deep devoted love for their children, and help strengthen the mother/child bond, moving their relationship forward in a loving and positive way. This page is for protective mothers to express their love for their children. Please do not use your child’s name or your name in this process. You may use a specific event or something unique and special in your child’s life known only to them to identify yourself. We feel confident that your child will feel your outpouring of love for them in their hearts.Please also join our “Love Letters To Our Children ongoing Facebook event ( link below)
Leave a legacy of love for your child.
Visit “Love Letters to Our Children” on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/PMAINTL/pma-international-love-letters-to-our-children/
WHAT IS A LOVE LETTER?? Love letters are positive affirmations and/or love poems sent to children who have been impacted by family court and/or CPS rulings that have caused disruption in their lives, or estrangement from their mothers. Love Letters are general messages that convey hope, expressions of affection, and validation that these children are not forgotten–but are cherished and loved. Love Letters similarly provide support to the Moms and the family and friends affected. For safety reasons,we strong suggest these messages remain anonymous, but we are confident that the intent and spirit of each letter will relay a powerful, and positive message when viewed.
WHY AN EVENT? Love Letters to Our Children is an event designed to encourage Protective Moms, family members, friends supporters and others who have been estranged from a child due to an unjust Family Court/CPS ruling. Our intention is to use these positive messages to provide a safe place where children can receive a “love letter” and offering a place for Protective Moms and their supporters to network, and provide support to each other.
POSTING GUIDELINES: Please post pictures, quotes, videos or other general messages that relay a positive message, or offer support. DO NOT post any information which may identify you ( if possible) most important please do not identify your minor child /children including legal name, location, case details, names of those involved in your case etc Please do not use your child’s name or your name in this process. We suggest ,you use only initials. You may post positive, quotes, poems, songs pictures and message for your child. Please keep your posts general. We feel confident that your child will feel your outpouring of love for them in their hearts.
Here are some ideas on how to create fun, meaningful letters to your child from our U.S.A Regional Director E.J Perth:
The letter you write is like a photograph–it will capture a moment in time, an image or an expression that is passed on to your child. Your letter is a gift. The quality of the letter is more important than the “quantity”; bec areful on how you convey your message, avoid sending money and gifts (outside of a holiday, birthday or special event) as this creates as expectation that you may not be able to support long term. The most important part of your letter is the meaning you convey–and how the letter nurtures your relationship to your child.
* Write your letter when you are calm, upbeat and feeling good. The letter should convey your love and care for your child–and should be age appropriate.
Do not send a letter to your child that reflects agitation, fear, anger or other negative emotions. Similarly, do not include in your letters negative comments, remarks or sarcasm about the child’s guardian/parent or living situation. If you find that writing letters is triggering strong emotions, seek support or help. Those emotions are understandable, but should not be passed onto a child.
* Create a positive environment for writing your letter–turn on your favorite music, light a candle, take time to connect with pictures or objects (toys, books, things they made, etc) that remind you of your child, pray, take a walk, etc. It may be hard, especially at first, to write. You may be struggling with emotions or on the verge of tears (I have been there myself!). By creating a positive environment, you are putting aside those emotions and/or stressors so you can focus on your child, and convey a message that is both meaningful and supportive.
* Send the letters consistently (ie on holidays, weekly, monthly, etc). You may also consider using stamps that are cute or fun, or using decorative envelopes.
* Consider poetry! Poetry is a fun, and expressive way of communicating to your child. You may want to send a humorous, or age appropriate poem for your child. Nursery rhymes are also great. Jack Prelutsky writes some humorous poems for children that may be fun to include.
Try an acrostic poem: write your child’s name on a piece of paper, and for each letter of the name write something descriptive, funny or memorable about your child.
This link creates a “Name Poem” for your child. It’s really cool, and a great way to let your child know you care. When you visit the link, you answer a few questions and type it into a blank field. When you are all done, you click a button to generate your poem then print:
Online Poetry for Children (Various Subjects):
* Send cartoons, comic strips or newspaper articles. Find subjects your child may be interested in and clip articles. Or clip articles that talk about places you have visited. Thrift stores and garage sales are a great place to find articles or magazines for children.
* Send pictures. The pictures could include you, your children, your friends, your family members, or things your children are interested in (animals, places, celebrities, etc).
* Create a letter with pictures. This works well if your child is young and does not read very well. Draw pictures on the letter to tell a story, or clip pictures from magazines.
* Give your child positive affirmations. It is so important to let your child know that you love them, and that you care. Affirmations boost self esteem, make you feel better and provide hope. You may also include prayers, Scriptures or other messages that are a part of your family, traditions or spiritual beliefs. For example, fortune cookies are a form of affirmations.
“The Children Lights” site gives information on how affirmations work, why they are important to a child’s development and includes tips on how to create affirmations:Affirmations are positive statements about who we are, and what we can become and experience…The key in using affirmations effectively is to have them evoke positive emotions within us.”
* Send postcards from new or unusual places.
* Send jokes, riddles or “Mad Libs”.
Aha Jokes is a great site to get jokes for kids on a variety of topics:http://www.ahajokes.com/animal_jokes_for_kids.html
* Send Autographs. Send your child autographs from friends, family, pets (include pictures of animals or paw prints) or if you are lucky–from a celebrity. You may consider including letters from others within your own letter.
Any more ideas? Please share in the comments!
For more info please visit E.J’s blog ( link below)
DISCLAIMER: “Love Letters to Our Children” is for protective mothers to express their love for their children and help strengthen the mother/child bond.
For your safety, we strongly suggest you do not use your child’s real name or your real name.You may use initials, a specific event or something unique and special in your child’s life known only to them to identify yourself You alone are responsible for your child’s safety and your safety while using this site. You alone are responsible for the protection of your identity along with the protection of the identity of your minor child while using this site. PMA Intl assumes no responsibility for the protection of your identity and/or safety and the identity and/or safety of your minor child/ children. We reserve the right to edit all posts for any reason.
Persons posting on this site are solely responsible for abiding by their specific court orders. PMA INTL is not responsibly for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages resulting from a person posting on this site who is not in compliance with an order from the court.
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