Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

My Daily Domestic Clips 09/11/2010 (p.m.)

  • tags: college debt

    • The hefty price tag of a college degree has some experts worried that its
      benefits are fading.

      "I think it makes less sense for more families than it did five years ago,"
      says Richard Vedder, an economics professor at Ohio University who has been
      studying education issues. "It's become more and more problematic about whether
      people should be going to college."

    • That applies not just to astronomically priced private schools but to state
      schools as well, where tuitions have spiked. Student loans can postpone the pain
      of paying, but they come due when many young adults are at their most
      financially vulnerable, and default rates are high. Even community colleges,
      while helping some to keep costs down, prompt many to take out loans -- which
      can land them in severe credit trouble.
    • The unemployment rate among those with bachelor's degrees is at an all-time
      high. In 1970, when the overall unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, unemployment
      among college graduates was negligible, at 1.2 percent, Vedder says, citing
      figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But this year, with the national
      rate of unemployment at 9.6 percent, unemployment for college graduates has
      risen to 4.9 percent -- more than half the rate of the general population. The
      bonus for those with degrees is "less pronounced than it used to be," Vedder
    • Across the region and around the country, parents are kissing their
      college-bound kids -- and potentially up to $200,000 in tuition, room and board
      -- goodbye.
    • Especially in the supremely well-educated Washington area, this is expected.
      It's a rite of passage, part of an orderly progression toward success.

      Or is it . . . herd mentality?

      Hear this, high achievers: If you crunch the numbers, some experts say,
      college is a bad investment.

    • "You've been fooled into thinking there's no other way for my kid to get a
      job . . . or learn critical thinking or make social connections," hedge fund
      manager James Altucher says.

      Altucher, president of Formula Capital, says he sees people making bad
      investment decisions all the time -- and one of them is paying for college.

      College is overrated, he says: In most cases, what you get out of it is not
      worth the money, and there are cheaper and better ways to get an education.
      Altucher says he's not planning to send his two daughters to college

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