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As parents, we want to help foster positive growth in our children. Sometimes, the best growth comes from small things. Writing thank you notes used to be an integral part of society, but as technology changes, that practice is being taken over by texting and social media posts. While these are important aspects of our daily communication, teaching our children how to write thank you cards will teach them how to express themselves in different ways. It will help build their character, develop positive moral values, and let them have fun at the same time!
By getting your children to write thank you notes, you're teaching them that they should be thankful for what they receive every day. They will begin to understand the value of the people that love them and think of them for their special days. It's even more important to show them that they should be thankful for all things they receive, even if it might not be their favorite thing. Instilling these values in our children at an early age will help them grow to be thoughtful and thankful adults.
Getting your kids involved in this process will also help them build relationships with the people around them. A small gesture goes a long way. This is true for both adults and children. Have a conversation with your kids about how much thought goes into picking a gift out for someone. Show them how much the people around them care for them and think about them. It's important to show children that relationships require effort from both sides and sending a thank you card shows gratitude, appreciation, and thoughtfulness. A great way to demonstrate this is to do the same for them! Write them a thank you note when they get you a gift!
It's easy for all of us to get bogged down in the details of our day-to-day lives. The world is often not a kind place, but it's important to focus on the positive. It's equally important to be that positive influence in others' lives. Teaching children to step outside of their world and see their connection with others is a hard task. Writing a thank you note is one small way to get them to see the world differently.
Get crafty with your kids and make this a fun and memorable bonding experience. No matter if you're a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, it can be hard to find quality time to spend with your kids. It can be even harder to find something that all of your kids can do together! Make it a family tradition! This isn't a one-time family craft or activity, it's something that you can continue to do with your children as they get older.
Not only are thank you notes great for teaching children the meaning of thanks, they are a great way to get them excited about writing. Help them find some personalized stationery that will get them excited about writing their thank you notes. Let them be creative! The more fun they have, the more they will learn. Even more important, they will want to continue writing them!