Write "Mr." and the child's full name for boys. Fill up the blanks with the child's postal address. For example, write "Ms. Sarah Turner" on line one, "100 Oak Ave." on line two, and "Los Angeles, CA, 90123" on line three. Mail the letter to 100 Oak Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90123.
If there are no children in the family, use "Mrs." and the father's first name or occupational title for women. (For example, write "Dr. John Jones" on line one, "123 Main St." on line two, and so on.) Use the parent's mailing address if you need it. If they don't have a mail delivery service, such as a post office box, leave a phone number where you can be reached.
Some people choose to put their marital status on their letters instead of using "Mr." or "Mrs.". You can write "Married" or "Divorced" on your envelope if you like. But unless you know the person well, it's better to use these titles since there may be other married couples at the company who don't want everyone else at work knowing their personal business.
If you are sending a gift to both parents, fill out two separate envelopes and write each child's name on its own envelope before you go shopping.
Begin by writing the parents' names on the first line of your address. In most circumstances, you should use their respective titles (Mr. and Mrs. are always safe, while titles like "Dr.", "Judge," and so on are usually optional outside of formal or professional contexts). If they have the same last name, you can also write it together at the beginning of the address.
After that, you need to identify who you're writing to. You can do this by listing each person's full name followed by the party's relationship to the addressee. The following example would be addressed to "Robert Browning Jr." and "Elizabeth Barrett Browning":
Dear Robert and Elizabeth: My mother and father used to say that if you want to know how someone is doing, ask them five simple questions. I've been thinking about this idea over the past few months as we've gotten to know one another again after being apart for so long. And based on my experience, here are the five questions that would help me get to know you better: 1 What are your goals in life? 2 How do you define success? 3 What is important in life? 4 What does love mean to you? 5 When you look back on your life today, what will you think of yourself?
I hope you like these questions.
Informally addressed envelopes to youngsters might merely include the child's first and last name. Formal envelopes should have the child's name on the first line and a "care of" designation with their parents' names on the second line. If the parent or guardian is not known, then a mail drop box can be used.
All letters to minors should be written in plain language and contain only pertinent information. It is best to avoid sending messages that could be considered advertising or spam. These letters should also be kept as confidential as possible. There are many websites that will write your letter for you; this is usually done for a fee. Websites such as Hello World! and XOOM allow you to select a template for your letter, which saves time. You can also add custom text if needed.
If you are writing to more than one minor, it is acceptable to use an addressed envelope and put a note on it specifying who is receiving which letter.
All major cities have youth centers where minors can go to get help with school work, play games, use the computer, etc. These centers are usually run by local churches or community groups and provide a safe environment where minors can come to hang out and interact with others their own age.
Each letter should have the following fundamental information:
Write to the Principal. His or her name might be found on the school or district website. The letter should then begin with "Dear Mr./Mrs./Miss _____________" or "Dear Principal." If a student does not know the proper form of address he or she can say so and then list all other recipients in the body of the letter.
In addition to the Principal, other administrators may include Vice-Principals, School Business Managers, and Counselors. All addresses should be written in full, including any initials or titles. If someone is employed part-time, for example, they could be addressed as "Director of Admissions" or "Assistant Principal." In general, it's best to use titles when writing to people who have authority over you. For example, if you are applying for a job, it's appropriate to refer to the person who will be making the hiring decision as "Mr./Ms. Jones" or simply as "Jones."
When sending documents or packages to more than one person, it is acceptable to write each recipient on the package and/step them all out together. For example, if you were sending four items to three different persons, you could send one package to each person or you could send two packages to one person and store them together.
If the message within the envelope is intended to include the family's children under the age of 18, they should be included in the envelope address. If you are sending multiple letters or packages, separate each one with an empty envelope.
Family members should write a short note inside the envelope for each recipient. The notes should include details about the child that may not be apparent from just reading the address. For example, if the child has a disability, the letter should explain what activities the child enjoys and how others can contact them if they need help.
Use proper spelling and grammar in your notes. Also include your phone number so the recipient can call you if they have questions.
Don't send gifts through the mail unless it is a gift card that can't be used until later. This allows the recipient to decide what kind of gift they want instead of you guessing what they would like. It also saves money because the gift won't be lost or damaged in a mail delivery system.
Make sure to include your address too. This will allow the recipient to return the card if they don't want it or need another one created.
Write a brief but sincere note explaining why you are writing.