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Hi Parents!


It's been a really tough time for our young people over the last couple of years, so we recently put together a Reflective Letter activity for them to try over on our Youth Forum. It's an opportunity for them to properly reflect on what challenges they've faced, how they've coped, what they've learnt about themselves and what they are looking forward to in the future. A really great tool for them to acknowledge how adaptive they've been and take some time to feel proud of what they've achieved.


We wanted to share it here too, in case you wanted to pass it onto any of your children that might benefit from this activity Smiley Happy




Hey there!


So let’s be real– the past two years haven’t been easy on any of us. We’ve all been through so much, and sometimes those challenges can weigh us down.


Illustration Reflecting GIF by InnovatorsBox


Psychologists have learned that the act of reflecting on our challenges and our growth is enough to make us feel happier. Often, this kind of reflection can be as simple as saying ‘thank you’. You can grow so much by experiencing that feeling of gratitude. That gratitude can either be towards ourselves for staying strong during hard times, or it can be towards someone else in our lives for helping us get through them.


That’s why we wrote two templates for ‘thank you’ letters. We’re inviting you to take part and write one of these letters yourself! 


Valentines Day Love GIF by Julie Smith Schneider


Here’s how you can do this:


  1. Think of an emoji that describes how you’re feeling right now. (This will be relevant later!)
  2. Check out our templates below.
  3. Follow the instructions on the letter template.
  4. Come back and share on this thread. Just remember, you don’t have to post anything that you don’t want to share. If you want to share your whole letter, you can. If you just want to share a quote from it, that’s also okay. If you don’t want to share anything, feel free to just come back and tell us how it went.
  5. We want to know how it went! Start your post with the emoji describing how you were feeling before you wrote your letter, and then share an emoji showing how you felt after you wrote your letter.

Check out the templates here: