In California more and more schools are asking parents to send in a "natural disaster," or "emergency," letter with the children. The idea behind it is that your child would be able to open and read the contents of the letter if a natural disaster occurred while they were at school and they are unable to be with you during the crisis. Does this cause more worry then comfort? Would you do it?
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LOL that is funny! I enjoyed your comment. :)
Did you also rule out - the midwest (tornado alley), a large city (more crime), the other border states, the Washington DC metro area (higher risk for terrorist attacks) and the southern Atlantic coast (hurricane risk zone)?
That is a valid consideration. Kids are so easily confused and their feelings are so vulnerable, that getting their own letter, in itself, is a factor of reassurance, as well as what it says.
I realize this is a totally different scenario. But many times I've been the only kid in the room that didn't receive a Valentine, only girl, shortest, youngest... Very important early lessons for kids: peer pressure and "fitting in" are no big deal.