Sonya Lopez is sharing her awesome idea to help encourage a child who is facing a challenge. She says:
My daughter is getting a little nervous for her first overnight camp so I made these “open when” cards. They were:
- Open when: You get to camp. This one was explaining that the “open when” cards are like hugs from home.
- Open when: You wake up on your first day of camp. This one had a list of positive affirmations.
- Open when: You had a rough day.
- Open when: You feel worried.
- Open when: You meet a new best friend. This one had friendship bracelet string added or chewing gum to share.
- Open when: You are homesick.
- Open when: You miss your friends. For this one we had a little going away dinner and all of her friends secretly signed a little card I stuck in.
- Open when: You try something new.
- Open when: You feel wiped out.
- Open when: You want a hug from a friend.
- Open when: It’s your last day.
I stuck all the cards and envelopes into one big envelope and I’ll give them to her the day of camp! She is sensitive and can be a little nervous at times so I thought it was like a little “in case of emergency” or “awesomeness hugs” stored for her.
We also made a deal to both look at the moon every night so we could know we both looked at the same moon and were therefore kind of still together.
Thanks Sonya for sharing your fabulous idea to support your daughter, we love it! This idea could be modified for many different purposes such as when a child starts school, moves away, or loses a friend or family member.
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