Handwritten thank you notes will always be a grateful and proper gesture to send in my opinion even though in today’s digital world they may feel like a lost art. Verbally saying thanks is always nice as well as in email, but taking the time to handwrite and mail a note to show your appreciation for something will always have an impact on the person receiving it. December 26 is “Thank You Note Day” and here we discuss the importance of teaching children how to write a proper thank you note and give suggestions on what to include in the note.
As parents, our kids will see the value we place on expressing gratitude to others. We can explain to our children why we write thank you notes and show them how to do it themselves. Our children can write notes thanking their friends and family for birthday and holiday gifts. We can guide them in the proper way to address the card and what to say in the note. They should start out by addressing the person by using their name and a comma followed by the written message. (Sam, or Dear Sam,)
To help children write a note we can have them think of the purpose of the gift that they received. They want to be clear about what they are thanking the person for – was it a toy, money, clothing or other? How will they use the gift? Of what importance is it to them? They should always show gratitude with phrases such as, “I am thankful for” or “I am appreciative of” or instead of starting with “I” use “You were so thoughtful to think of me”. It is also very important to say what you are thankful for so you are acknowledging the specific thing or service they gave you. For example, “Thank you for the Lego toy set. I really love dinosaurs and putting this together will be so much fun!”
Letting the person know why you are thankful is more detail to include in the note. “Thank you for your gift but also for coming to my birthday party. Having you there made it even more special.” Adding that you would love to see them soon personalizes your thoughts even more. Lastly, end the note with “Your bud” or “Your friend” and their name.
Best of luck Moms and Dads to teaching the importance of Thank You Note writing to your kiddos!