A child’s thank you does not have get too descriptive. Start out with a simple form letter where they can simply add in the following:
Thank you for the ______________
They then have the ability to fill out the “It’s” portion in many different ways. Was the gift their favorite color? Exactly what they asked for? So pretty? All of these things express excitement and appreciation in just a few words. Fellow Mompreneur Lori with stripesandpolkadots.com stocks fill-in-the-blank thank you cards that are sure to be a hit with your little one.
When your child is too young to write on their own it is perfectly acceptable to write their notes yourself, but enclose a picture they have drawn or allow them to scribble their own name on the card itself. Try doing this together as a family for a few minutes each night after the Holidays.
Thank you’s should be sent out a within about two weeks, but it is always better to send one late than never. Also keep in mind if a gift is received by mail you should take a moment to let the sender know it has been received, this can be by phone or email. Make sure to follow up with your thank you note once the gift has been opened. When your child receives money as a gift remember to let the sender know what the money will go towards whether it be a new toy or their savings account.
Teach your children that writing thank you cards does not have to be tedious and boring. Incorporating both fun and family time can turn the event into something the kids will look forward to and they will have a leg up in society after the etiquette lesson.