Now that Christmas has come and gone, if they haven’t done it already, let your kids take a short break from playing with their gifts to show their gift-givers a little appreciation.
Sending thank-you notes can help teach your child gratitude and proper manners.
But the key to success starts at a young age, as soon as they can verbalize their thanks. Then they’ll form a habit of thanking people. First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God…”
Writing thank you notes can also help improve your child’s writing and critical thinking skills. And let’s face it, any gift-giver is more likely to want to give again to someone who gratefully receives and acknowledges their gift.
Here are 5 tips:
-- Begin by teaching children to say “thank you” when someone does something nice for them or gives them a gift.
-- Even if they’re only 3 years old and can't write yet, you can write the note then ask them to scribble something on there and sign their name.
-- Make sure your child includes something about the gift in the note or letter if possible, making it personal.
-- Purchase fun, colorful note cards and envelopes for your children to use.
-- Send an electronic card or thank you message if desired. Twenty years ago, it had to be a hand-written note, but in today’s day and age, email thank yous are acceptable, especially to younger people. Let your child select an animated e-card. Not only do e-cards contain colorful graphics that are fun for kids, they also are easily accessible online.