writing Thank Yous
Thank you notes are a lovely way to show others that you truly appreciate them. By teaching our kids why and how to write them, we'll raise children who others will be happy to know.
When I sorted through my mail from last week, three handwritten thank you notes stood out from the pile of bills, junk mail and catalogs.
With as much time as we spend online, it's easy to send our words of thanks via email, tweet or a note on someone's Facebook wall.
Even though it's always nice to be thanked, there's just something special about receiving a thank you note in your mailbox that makes you feel appreciated and remembered.
When it comes to teaching children to express their gratitude, handwritten thank you notes are a must.
Let's explore thank you note basics, what your kids will learn from writing them, and how to make writing them more fun.
6 Thank you note writing basics
5 Things they'll learn from writing thank you notes
They'll recognize what gratitude feels like and how to properly express it.
By putting their thoughts down on paper, they'll work on their communication skills.
They'll learn how to build strong relationships.
They'll practice basic manners that will serve them well throughout life.
They'll gain confidence from knowing that they were thoughtful.
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4 Ways to make it fun, or at least less painful
Keep a basket filled with pretty paper, fancy markers and pens, ink stamps, and stickers and let your kids use them only when writing thank you notes.
Take a photo of your child with their gift and have them write their thank you on the back.
Have your child draw a picture and write the thank you note on the back.
Plan a fun activity for once they've finished. Having something like a walk or a family game to look forward to can help move them along.
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