It's Christmas thank you time

Filed under: Big Kids

So, has your child written his or her thank you notes for all the Christmas goodies received? Despite my ambitious plans of having that taken care of before the new year, we haven't even started. Ellie's winter break is just about over and I am determined it will get done this weekend.

For Ellie, I think that writing thank-you notes feels a little bit like homework and she balks when it is time to get down to it. If there are lots to be written, I try to break them up into smaller groups that we do over a period of days. We generally use blank cards in which she can write a note and and draw some pictures, but there are other options that might be less tedious for a small child.

There are quite a few sites that allow you to design and print thank you notes from your home computer. They are mostly free and easy to use. These fill-in cards may seem a little impersonal, but they certainly get the job done. Plus, they come in lots of really cute designs. This one even allows you to choose a black and white theme, which is handy when your child has used up all your color ink printing photos of the cast of High School Musical.

However you do it, teaching your kids to write thank you notes is a lesson in etiquette that will serve them well into adulthood. My mother never really made a big deal out of the thank-you notes and to this day I still feel a twinge of guilt for all the unacknowledged gifts I received as a child.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.