How can we learn about our kids?

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Would it be ok to create something for the child to fill out and send back? For example, my 3 kiddos write the same thing over and over in each letter and I don't know much about them, even after a couple of years!! I would like to print off a document with a list of things, like "how many siblings do you have?" what are their names?" "what is your favorite color?" etc etc...with lines for them to write their answers and then mail back to me? Would that be an ok thing to do or would that cause more stress than necessary?? I mean, don't get me wrong - I love all the letters I get but I have heard that my one kiddo likes bananas at least 8 times :) Maybe she just doesn't know what else to say?
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Lizzie, Champion

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Good idea. I wonder what Compassion will say.
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I have sponsored Esther for 3 years now, and she still tells me that her favorite food is Spaghetti! I guess she really, really likes it. :)

You're right; your children may not know exactly what to write and a tutor may be telling them, "This is the type of information you should write to your sponsor." We often see that the older children (15 and above) are much better at conversational letter writing, and the younger children are just beginning to grasp the concept of letter writing and will often write the same thing over and over.

You are most welcome to send your fill-in-the-blank letter; however, we can not promise that they will send it back to you.In fact, they likely will not because they write on the stationery that the project provides. I would suggest sending just a regular letter with maybe two or three of these questions in the letter; keep the questions simple and few so that it is not overwhelming to the child. Number those questions and highlight them to show the tutor that you really would like an answer to these questions. They will write back using the letterhead that the project provides for them. We do see a greater success of children answering specific questions when sponsors write more often and when they number and highlight their questions.

Thank you so much for writing to your child! Letter writing is one of the most important aspects of Compassion's ministry - your encouragement will mean the world to the children that you sponsor! In fact, you've inspired me - I'm going to go write my children right now! :)

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