543 Day Writing Journey, Uncategorized

Parenting Fail. Day 101.

Sweet Max sending a gift to a friend.

My kids don’t know how to address a letter. Well, some of them don’t, and I take most of the responsibility, and blame the rest on technology.

“Why are you writing the town right after the street address?” I asked Max. He was addressing a package with a Christmas gift for a friend.

“What do you mean?” he asked.

“That goes on a separate line,” I said.

“Sammy, can you address a letter?” He was sitting in the living room with us.

“I just learned. I had to ask someone for help at the Post Office,” he said. I wanted to slam the heel of my hand on my forehead. A few times.

It was then that I realized I had never officially taught them to address a letter or package the old school way, the snail mail way. Tyler knew, but that’s only because he was fourteen when he got his first basic cell phone.

I asked the boys if I could share this information and they said it’s fine. This lack of knowledge is one of the many products of the technology boom, but I wonder what else I have failed to teach them because of smart phones and computers.

So, ask your kids to address a letter. Be sure they know how so you can spare yourself the reddened cheeks and shameful head bow.

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3 thoughts on “Parenting Fail. Day 101.”

  1. Dear Teri,
    I’ve written letters to the grandkids, using “old school” cursive writing, and am still waiting to receive a reply from them in the mailbox… (Not holding my breath though)!!!
    I did sit down with them one morning, and had them each write their own “personal letters”; one to their parents, and the other to their Nana Rose…
    Never received much “feedback” from anyone on how that went?!? 😦 I wanted them to experience putting their thoughts or questions down on paper, addressing the envelopes, putting the stamps onto the envelopes, and dropping the letters into the mailbox…
    With texting, and emails, the “art” of letter writing is quickly fading away with many people!!!
    Uncle Lee 🙂

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  2. The world sure a different place these days. One I won’t even know it was the same planet I grew up on…and just because I’m ancient…the world we grew up in won’t even be a memory anymore….

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  3. I think the only reason my kids know is that in 6th grade one of their teachers had the kids write a letter to themselves, she would then hold on to them and mail them when the kids were seniors. I am sure I never taught them. Check writing is another thing that kids don’t learn anymore.

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