Saying "I love you" isn't the only way to make someone feel special. Writing a letter to someone to tell him that you are proud of him can be something he can dig out of a box and read whenever he has bad days. Teachers can express this sentiment to students who have had trouble in the past. Counsellors can express pride to substance abuse recovery patients. Parents can show their children how much they care.
The letter can express your feelings of sincerity in more ways than just the words. Hand write the note instead of jumping on your computer and printing one out. Handwritten notes add a more sincere and personal touch to the letter. Your children are probably so used to texts and e-mails that they will appreciate the handwritten personal letter that much more.
Tell a story that explains why this moment has made you so proud. You can also tie your letter with an experience you shared in the past with the person that you're writing the letter to. Explain how that experience was the first indication that the recipient was destined to do great things. If you share an inside joke, remind her of that joke in the letter.
Write the letter on a card with a special message. If it's a girl, she will appreciate coloured stationery. You can buy stationery with watermarks or embossed imprints of pictures in various colours. If you choose coloured stationery, make sure it's light enough that the letter will still be readable when you print on it.
In the book, "Teaching Kids to Spell for Dummies" Tracey Wood suggests that "I'm proud of you" notes can teach younger children how to spell. They will quickly begin to recognise the letters. Use the notes as motivation. Children are used to parents getting upset when they do something wrong. Get your child acclimated to getting praise when they do something good. Write him little notes and leave them on his computer or on his bedroom mirror whenever he does something good. It may motivate him to try harder.
The letter doesn't have to be serious. You can be playful with it. Write the letter on a big sheet of construction paper. Cut out letters from magazines and old newspapers and spell out the phrase "I'm proud of you." A kid going to her first year in college will get a kick out of it. It will remind her of things she used to bring to you when she was in kindergarten. Older adults will find it funny, as well as heartwarming. You never get too old to appreciate having your parents around.