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Why does my child’s letter seem impersonal?



  • May 23, 2014
World Help

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Sometimes the letters you receive from your sponsored child may seem impersonal, or they may not directly address the questions you asked in your most recent letter.  There are a few reasons for this.

Sometimes, children will write as a part of a class assignment in their school. The children may also have difficulty grasping the concept of having a conversation by mail with someone they have never met. Many children are still learning to read, write, and speak in English, and this is a great way for them to hone their skills while learning about letter writing.

We encourage you to keep writing to your child, sharing stories and asking specific questions. Your questions will help give them topics to write about. Many times they are so excited to have received mail they forget what they want to say. But writing to your child consistently fosters a sense of trust and they will begin to feel comfortable writing back to you.

Younger children who are not able to write may opt to draw a picture instead.  Other times, one of our partners at the program may help construct a letter with them or write on their behalf.

But be assured that these children love to hear from their sponsors . . . keeping the letters in a very special place to read over and over again. You have become a special person in their lives.

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