The thank-you note sometimes seems like an endangered species. But they’re an excellent way to help your child practice writing skills and build character.
- Have supplies on hand. Give each family member a gift of note cards. Paint or stamp your own unique cards as a family project.
- The day after gift-giving, gather everyone together. Have lots of pens and pencils. Also make sure you have stamps, a dictionary and a crumb-free snack. Let your kids pick the music.
- Remember that two or three heartfelt sentences are enough. Mention the gift by name. Thank the giver for being so thoughtful.
- Is the gift a “clunker?” Here’s where you teach your kids that it really is the thought that counts. “Thank you so much for thinking of me” covers nearly any gift.
- Write your own thank-you notes. Your example is the best teacher.
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