Monday: Weekly Family Activity–Write Your Thank You Notes Together!
January 5th, 2009 in Monday: Weekly Family Activity
Take the time this week to start (or continue) teaching your children the importance of hand written thank you notes.
- Explain to your children the importance of handwritten thank you notes for presents they have received or special outings they have attended. When you give a warm thanks (handwritten with time and love) it makes the sender feel appreciated for all the work they put into sending a present or taking them on a special outing.
- Depending on the age of your children, take the time to let writing thank you notes develop their writing skills. For my baby I feel it helps her motor skills to scribble with pencils. For my older daughter I can explain how to correctly start, finish and what to include in thank you notes. Teach them how to write a meaningful thank you note by including a couple of sentences with specifics of how they loved the color, feel, playtime, etc. of the gift.
- Let them have fun! For my baby I let her personalize it by having her put on some chap-stick and giving the card a good kiss! For my older daughter I let her decorate it with drawings, stickers and stamps. Try not to make it to much of a chore by playing fun music in the background and writing along with them! Have your children pose for a fun picture with the gift to include in the letter. If you have a lot of thank you notes to complete, spread it over a few days so you do not overwhelm your kids.
- Lead by example. Take the time to write thank you notes for the gifts YOU received at the same time, they will see that you practice what you preach!
- Gratitude. This is sure to help your children understand true gratitude to others and for the time and effort they put into making your children have a great holiday.