A Heartfelt Thank You

By Mindy K. Urueta

Not too long ago, it was considered quite normal and expected for a child to respond to a gift with a handwritten thank-you note. For the most part, this form of etiquette has gone by the wayside in today’s fast-moving, technology-obsessed world. These days, it is considered the norm to send a quick text in place of a personal letter. It’s easy, efficient and gets the message out. But is it enough? There is something meaningful and gratifying about a thank-you card that someone took the time to choose, write and deliver.

With the holiday season right around the corner, the time for giving and receiving gifts is here; what better time to get your children in the swing of writing thank-you notes than during the most magical time of the year?

Most children don’t eagerly volunteer to get right to work on thank-you cards after receiving a gift, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made into a fun, family activity. One tip is to make sure thank-you note writing isn’t presented as a chore, but rather as an enjoyable and creative outlet for trying new penmanship, stationary or even poetry. The recipient will be thrilled that your child took a moment to recognize their gift.

If your little ones are too young to write a note, a colorful thank-you picture is just as meaningful. Markers, crayons, glue and some construction paper are the perfect tools for children to use when creating beautiful works of art to show someone how much their thoughtfulness means.… Read the rest