Encouraging kids to send thank you notes


The world is filled with modern conveniences, many of which certainly make Mom’s life easier. But there is one traditional show of gratitude that has fallen out of fashion: the thank you note.

While not every kind gesture requires a thank you note, if a relative sent a thoughtful gift from far away, a handwritten note is most definitely the appropriate response.

According to the Emily Post Institute, handwritten notes are warmer and more special than any other forms of thank yous. The Institute says all gifts should be acknowledged with a note, unless the present was opened in front of the giver and you thank them in person.

It's helpful to explain to young children the value and purpose of the notes, to tell someone special that you received their gift and how much you enjoyed it.

While you should send a thank you note as soon as possible, a late note is better than no note at all.