With the Holiday’s fast approaching, I’ve had numerous conversations with parents asking how can they encourage their kiddos to get excited about writing their thank-you notes.
Based on the suggestion of a friend whose “been there, done that” (thanks Mardi): you might try implementing this rule “they are not allowed to play with the gift until he or she writes a note of appreciation”. We’ve been trying it with our four year old; after he opens a gift, it’s pretty amazing how excited he is about going to get his personalized stationery and magic markers. He even has taken ownership in getting the note into the envelope, sealing and stamping it. It will be a few years before he’s able to address it, but I hope we are creating a positive life-long habit. (Knock on wood; it’s working so far.)
For more tips on making the thank-you note process a bit more fun, please visit my previous post on Thank you note 4-3-2-1
Next Manner Monday, we’ll post some pictures of how to store your stationery and stay organized, which makes it easier and more fun to write your notes.
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