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Thank You Letters From Parents To Their Kids

Thank You Letter

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/23/11 01:40 PM ET Updated: 11/23/11 03:58 PM ET

Like so many parents, Bob Brody started a journal for his two children, Caroline and Michael, filling it with memories from their lives and telling them stories from his. Unlike most of those parents, he kept at it for more than a few weeks, and for Christmas a few years ago he gave each of them the whole of what he had written, a word count (yes, he did all this at a keyboard) of more than 60,000 words.

Then he turned the writing-to-your-children exercise into a website, where he invites readers to join him, and leave messages to their kids. In an era where families communicate in microbursts -- texts, IMs, sticky notes -- he and his small following are out there writing real letters.

For Thanksgiving, Bob added two holiday themed letters to his children's collections -- these latest are Thank You letters, telling the kids what about them he is most grateful for. Other parents have chimed in.

Shouldn't they be thanking us? I asked him.

Well, yes, it would be nice if they wrote back, he agrees. And maybe one day they will. Until then "A written thank-you is permanent. A keepsake.," he says. "Your kids will never forget it."

Here are some of the thank you notes writers have left on Letters to My Kids. Click through, then head over to write your own -- and be entered for a chance to WIN a prize from HuffPost Parents!

I am thankful that your hair requires little combing, because mornings are tough enough as they are.
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Dear Lily,

I am so thankful to have been blessed with a girl. I am thankful for the way you take care of your brothers, even if they don't always appreciate it. I am thankful that your hair requires little combing, because mornings are tough enough as they are. I am thankful that you are polite and well-behaved and I never need to worry about your behavior on play-dates and sleepovers. I am thankful for your love of learning and that you are anxious and happy to go to school each and every day. I am thankful for your spunk, even if it makes things difficult sometimes. I am thankful for your heart, which is the purest one I know.

I am so utterly thankful to be your mother. Always.

-- Jill Smokler, mother of three in Baltimore, who blogs about motherhood at Her first book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy, is due out in April from Simon and Schuster.