Inspiring Gratitude: Cool Stationery for Thank You Notes
Teach your children gratitude, and you share both an important social skill and a positive worldview. When children give thanks, they acknowledge the kindness and generosity of others and recognize their own good fortune. They become part of the cycle of giving and receiving. Saying thank you is more than good manners; it’s a way for children to give back.
When a gift, a favor, or a visit calls for a special thank you, nothing says it like a handwritten note. You can hold a note in your hands and savor the writer’s unique script, the texture of the envelope, the colorful stationery. And notes, unlike email and phone calls, often find an honored place on the refrigerator or are tucked away with treasured souvenirs.
Since handwriting and letter writing are part of every elementary curriculum, penning a thank you note also helps children with schoolwork. So inspire your kids, avid and reluctant writers alike, with our free downloadable stationery, step-by-step directions, and the following tips.
- Make it fun. Keep a supply of kid-themed stationery geared to your child’s age and interests. For starters, you can download our free stationery. When it’s time to write, let children choose from the collection.
- Make it easy. Teach your children a short, simple letter format. For younger children, three sentences are plenty.
Sentence 1: Say thank you and mention the gift. Sentence 2: Tell how you’ll use the gift or why it’s special. Sentence 3: Say thank you again.
Older children may want to write more, inquiring about the other person and sharing their own news.
- Make it a family affair. Be a role model. Sit down with your children and work on your own letters or business correspondence.
- Follow through. Let children stamp their own letters and, if possible, deposit them in the post box.
- Share the praise! When Grandma calls to share her excitement, call your child to the phone. If a friend or relative displays the letter, make sure your child sees it next time you visit.
Reprinted with the permission of the Parents' Choice Foundation. © Copyright 2012 Parents' Choice Foundation. All rights reserved.
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