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…

New Teacheritis

OK, all of you moms who send your kids to school every year go through this in a much bigger way than I am but... in less than an hour my kids will meet their new piano teacher - and I am soooo nervous!

Let me back track a little to say that at the end of last year I was feeling pretty smug. We had been with our piano teacher since 2003 and we liked her and were use to her routines. Gabe had been with his drum teacher for two years, Izzy was thriving at the art center, and our wonderful math tutor was coming every week to help us through algebra, geometry and pre-calc!

Since then, Gabe's teacher moved away, the piano teacher retired, and the math tutor has changed schools so he now has to travel a little longer to see us. It's a little unnerving.

But of all the changes the new piano teacher worries me the most. She sounds wonderful, and qualified and professional and I'm sure she will be an excellent teacher. I am also looking forward to having her play my mom's Steinway. But I had a problem with a young woman who was a brand new teachers before, and that has sort of scared me a little bit. Once burned twice shy as they say.

So I guess right now I am praying that we love her and that she loves us, and that the kids will have a great relationship with her for years to come and hopefully this will be the last piano teacher I ever have to get!