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The benefits of thank-you notes

January 6, 2019

The presents have been unwrapped and are probably tucked into bedrooms by now.

The receipt of any gift — whether over the holidays, on birthdays or at graduations — is a terrific time to say “thank you” to the giver. There are many benefits in teaching your children to send thank-you notes, and they can learn this at an early age.

As with all things, what you model is the most powerful message. If your children see you writing thank-you notes, they will view it as simply “what you do” after receiving a gift.

There are some sweet cards out there. Having your child choose their own will allow them to feel powerful and valuable.

If they would like to create original works of art, have them choose card stock or paper. You can write the inside words for very young children (or add a translation for the recipient). Teach them how to address the envelope and place the stamp.

The simplest format is to say “thank you” while identifying the gift. For example, “Thank you for the book for Christmas” covers it. Adding comments on what they like about the gift, how they will use it and how special it is to them makes the note more touching and meaningful.

In addition to honoring the giver by acknowledging their thoughtfulness, sending a thank-you note also allows your child to feel and express gratitude.

In a world where very few notes are handwritten, a thank-you note is a gift in itself.

Maggie Macaulay is the owner of Whole Hearted Parenting, offering coaching, courses and workshops. Contact her at 954-483-8021 or Maggie@WholeHeartedParenting.com. Visit her website at WholeHeartedParenting.com.

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