4. Create a schedule. Consistency is one of the nice things about having a pen pal, so make sure your child keeps her end of the bargain and writes regularly to her pals. But allow for spontaneity, too—sometimes you’ve just got to write a letter, and there’s no harm in that!
5. Pick up some books about friends who keep in touch with letters and let those plots inspire your child. Some of our favorites include Polly’s Pen Pal by Stuart J. Murphy, P.S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin, and The Jolly Postman, or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
Wondering what you should be thinking about now for your child's next summer at camp? Check out The American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey's timeline.