As the holidays approach and gifts abound it's sometimes hard to anchor our kids in a bit of reality. And balancing excitement, expectations and gratitude is not always an easy task for any child.
One way to make sure that our kids fully recognize that grandma, papa, auntie or a neighbor took the time and made the effort to make or purchase something special for them is to make sure that your child actually writes a thank you note. It doesn’t have to be long. And if the child is too young to print, a hand drawn picture – with words written by a parent, can do the trick. Children need to be taught how and when to say thank you. And when gratitude is modeled in the home, kids are sure to follow.
Help your child out by making a list of what they received and from whom. Then make the note writing task fun by having each child decorate cards with their own art work. Or consider making a card out of a photograph that you or your child have taken. Talk about the gift and why your child likes it and make sure that they include that in their note. If someone goofed and the gift is just not a favorite of your child's, they still need to thank the person for their efforts. So many times I've sent a gift to a relative and was left wondering if they received, liked or hated it! Take a moment or two to teach your kids the value of saying thank you.
And don't forget that classroom teacher who helped your kids to create their glitter splattered pieces of holiday art!