Email for the underage: a follow-up
Sandy's tips point to why you might want to get an email address for your kid:
(I know you had an article on this already early on this year. Just an add-on.) We created an email address for our son when he was about 3-4 months old, so it has helped a lot with organizing things when it relates to his life and happenings.
When you set up an email address for your kids, use it for birthday invites and for emailing other parents for playdates and so on. We have a webdomain with our surname so the advantages I have found are:
- Grandparents sometimes just send a quick 'Hello' or 'Get Well soon' email directly to him, when we send out updates.
- We use his email address to send and receive emails from pediatricians and teachers - keeping track of emails specific to him. At times, trying to find recommendations from the Ped, we just have to browse his email inbox instead of wading through both of our multiple ones.
- We send and receive emails about birthday parties and playdates, to communicate with other parents. So they are again... all in one Inbox. And now we know when another of his friend's birthday is coming around. And parents just have to remember his email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Use his email address for all the wishlists and gift registries so others can just search on his email address versus ours at Amazon and Target.
- And since this is related to how I deal with him, I am using his email address to email you :)