In a culture of abundance, materialism and a 'want it now, get it now' mentality, teaching our kids thoughtfulness and gratitude is more important than ever. Cultivating happiness, forgiveness, maturity and patience is directly correlated to being thankful. One way to instill this trait in your child is by teaching them the art of a thank you note.
Below I've listed a few ways to make the idea of writing a thank you note easier, fun and rewarding for the special kiddos in your life.
How many times do your kids ask you "WHY?" each day? At least 5,394 times or more, right? So before you even whip out a pencil, ask your kids how it would make them feel to receive a note in the mail.
Mom: "How would it make you feel to get a letter in the mailbox?"
Kiddo: "Excited and Special!"
Mom: "Would you like to make Bailey feel special? It was so nice of her to invite you over to play in her swimming pool. I bet she would enjoy getting a note from you in the mailbox that tells her what a good time you had that afternoon."
MAKE IT PERSONAL
There's something about having personalized stationery that makes writing a note that much more pleasurable. Incorporate your child by allowing them to choose their own personalized stationery. It's sure to make them that much more invested in the process of writing a note. Check out our collection of Kids Stationery HERE!
Peppa Pig often says, "This is SO BORING!" Writing a note doesn't have to be boring. Kids have amazing imaginations! Encourage them to color a picture related to the event or item the child is thankful for. Fold and include the drawing inside the note, or have the child color directly on their stationery.
Write down a few sentences on notebook paper that your kids can incorporate in their note. In addition, ask them questions like, "What was your favorite part of swimming at Bailey's house?" or "What's the coolest thing about the new Batmobile that Daniel gave you?" That instantly gives them content for their thank you note. If they can't write quite yet, let them tell you what they'd like to say while you pen it for them.
SIGN, SEAL, DELIVER
Kids love action. Make a big deal about addressing, stamping and sealing the envelope. Explain why we use a return address, why we have house numbers and street names. Talk about stamps and how the postal service operates. Then walk to the mailbox with your child to let them place the note inside and lift up the red flag on the box. That part is so exciting for them! Reinforce to your child that they're sure to make the recipient of their note feel special and appreciated.
ALL THE FEELS
In addition to being a learning experience, writing a note is a great time to bond with your child. Helping kids express kindness and gratitude is something we can all feel good about at the end of the day!
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