Yes, she is 4, but she remembered last year she scribbled her own thank you cards. So, this year after her birthday party she looked forward to doing it. She took pride in showing off her new-found writing skills.
There is something about thank you cards that warms my heart. It’s proof people still have good manners. Yes, like everyone else, I love the convenience of text messages, emails and social media. There is more consideration that goes into a thank you card than a text message.
As a homeschool crazed mom, this is also the perfect time to teach grammar, spelling and punctuation. It’s also opened up a window to explain culture differences to my daughter. When someone is thanked in India, it implies a sincere debt of gratitude for going above and beyond the call of duty. For everyday transactions, expressing thanks verbally is not necessary because “In the Hindi language, in everyday gestures and culture, there is an unspoken understanding of gratitude”. So, if it is done without sincerity, it is concerned an insult. See, everyday life is a lesson. Teaching your child lessons of etiquette will pay off for a lifetime.
*Tips for teaching your child how to write a thank you.
1) Say thank you.
2) Describe their favorite part or share a detail.
3) Keep it age appropriate
4) Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect.
5) Be prompt. I like to get all cards out within 2 weeks.