This morning we dropped my husband off at the airport. He’ll be gone for five days at a conference. It may not seem like a long trip to you, or perhaps it does, but the length of time doesn’t matter for a child – they almost always miss their parents. I knew it was going to be hard for my daughter to have him away, so my husband took five minutes to make these magic love notes for her. It’s the perfect tool for me during those moments when she’s really missing her Dad because I can just redirect her by saying something like, “It sounds like it’s the perfect time to go get a magic love note from Daddy!”
We made one note for each day that my husband is gone. Each note has a little saying or instruction for her. Since my daughter has really enjoyed using her watercolors, it was the perfect way to incorporate the painting that she is doing every morning with a special twist.
My husband wrote each note on white paper with a white oil pastel. The first note simply says, “I love you!” Subsequent notes say things like, “Give your brother a hug for me” and “Give Mom a tickle to make her laugh.” The last note says, “After you fall asleep tonight, I’ll be home.” My daughter revealed her first message by painting the whole note with watercolors.
These magic love notes were so simple for my husband to make; he was able to write them in five minutes while in the midst of packing for his trip. The notes are not only a way to count down the days that he is gone, but they are also just between the two of them – now that’s special. 🙂
What do you do for your kids when someone in the family travels?