Pen Pal For My 12 year old Daughter (6th grade)

Laura - posted on 04/05/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter just expressed to me that she wanted to find a pen pal. I told her I thought that was what Social Media was for but she said she wanted to write letters, exchange gifts, etc. and make a friend the old fashioned way. I thought it was too cute to ignore so I am reaching out. We live in CA, and she was hoping to find a pen pal from another country - but I don't know how hard-fast she is to that rule. She mentioned Australia, but I think she'd be ticked just to find someone to share this project with. She has two older sisters (17 & 19), loves soccer, music and arts/crafts. She really has an interest in foreign places and cultures and wants to travel. Anyone else have a child interested in writing letters and want to help out?

Thanks!
Laura

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Laura - posted on 04/06/2015

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Great idea about the P.O.Box. It does seem like a lot of effort for a few letters, though - plus we're on a pretty tight budget.

Mommabird - posted on 04/06/2015

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You could get a post office box and noone will know your address or be able to find out personal information. I've thought about doing this for our daughter also...she will be 11 in June. She loves music...sings 24/7 and absolutely loves making crafty things. She also loves to write people notes . Everyone in the family gets random notes from her...and she's gone through 3 journals in a year. Haha. I don't know if her dad would like the pen pal thing but if its a girl close to her age he might agree.

Laura - posted on 04/06/2015

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Agreed. I was thinking "Snail Mail" might be safer because of all of the "Internet predators" out there - then my husband pointed out the "giving a stranger your address" thing this morning. Sometimes I get so frustrated with our society! I came to realize that all of this pen pal stuff went through schools and was usually a class project. Hence, letter writing was safer. I don't know. I just know my daughter wanted to WRITE her letters, use her stationery, and be able to exchange things, gifts, etc. with someone over a distance. I want to support that, because I think it's a great opportunity for her to learn some valuable skills (like the lost art of letter writing), not to mention learn about other lifestyles, cultures, etc. She's a pretty outgoing kid, so it's not like she's bored, or lonely, or anti-social. She just wants to do this for whatever reason, and I think it's great. I saw some older posts from moms with shy kids, kids with Aspberger's, and other concerns and my daughter said she'd love to write to any of them and 'help them out'. So, here I am trying to be a good mom with no clue about how to make it work. Thoughts and suggestions are welcome.

Ashley Nicole - posted on 04/05/2015

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I love this idea! My daughter will be nine in July. Your daughter may think she is a little to young but she would love a pen pal. I'm just not crazy giving my address to a stranger.

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