You know it’s a good idea to get kids in the habit of writing thank you notes early, but what if they’re not even old enough to write? You write them. Yes you, the adult! Here are 3 basic steps.
Things You’ll Need:
– Stickers (optional)
1) Choose your voice– Will you:
a) Write as if you’re the child, as in “Thank you for the sidewalk chalk— I drew all over the driveway with it.” or
b) Write as yourself, the adult, such as “Thank you for sending Billy that adorable shirt.”
Either is okay; do whichever feels right to you.
2) “Interview” your child about the gift. You’d be surprised how much this helps. I’m staring at a toy car, totally uninspired about what to write, and then I ask my son why it’s cool and he says, “I like the fire on the side and I can make it go VRROOOOM.” Voila, thank you note done.
3) Write the note. Here are a few examples to get you started:
Thank you for the Webkinz! I named her Happy and have already set up her room. She has a princess bed, a checkers game, and lots of clothes and friends. Her favorite food is blueberries.
Thanks again. You know how much I like Webkinz. She is my favorite toy!
I love my huge box of Legos so much, I can’t stop playing with them. I build a tower and knock it over many times a day. I don’t know what I used to do before this. Thank you so much for the great toy. My mom also likes that it comes with its own box, though I have not yet left it alone long enough to put it away!
Thank you for the bug habitat and vacuum. I love being able to collect bugs and give them a home. I have 4 right now, and I named them all. I can tell they are really happy.
Thanks also for coming to my party! Having you there made it extra fun.
Children can “help” parents write notes as soon as they are old enough to hold a crayon or peel a sticker. Let them personalize the note however they’d like; even if they just scribble, it shows the gift giver they were part of the thanking process and it lets the child know he should be!
When they are old enough to write their names, they can sign the cards you write and draw a picture. When they’re old enough to write, kids can write the notes with a little help with wording from parents. Eventually they’ll be proficient enough to write a note that will make Emily Post (and you) proud!