‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding.
Children learn manners and gratitude from their parents. From an early age, we teach our kids to say please and thank you, but it’s also important that they learn to formally thank those who give them gifts or do something special for them. Learning this skill as a youngster will help them as adults, when they have to write a thank-you note after a job interview or one to thank their boss.
“Gratitude may be crucial to compassion, empathy, and even happiness,” says Jeffrey Froh, an assistant professor of psychology and the director of the Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. “Grateful kids tend to be much more satisfied with their lives,” says Froh. “They do better in school and are less materialistic, less depressed, and less envious. Their relationships are much stronger and more supportive.” In one study, grateful kids even reported fewer physical symptoms, like headaches, stomachaches, and fevers (from Real Simple).
Here are few helpful tips for teaching your children the art of being thankful.
-If your child can’t write yet, ask her to draw a picture to thank Aunt Anne, or she can tell you what she would like to say, and you can transcribe on her personalized stationery. After all, it’s the thought that counts.
-Be sure any gift is acknowledged, no matter how big or small. This gets children in the habit of being appreciative.
-We thank someone even if we don’t care for the gift. Explain that it still took some time and thought to choose and wrap the present, so we must say thank you.
-Insist that notes are written within a week of receiving the present to avoid procrastination and encourage organization.
-Remind your children that grandma loves to receive mail from them, and will love to save your note or artwork
-Keep it short and sweet, but heartfelt. Don’t just say “Thank you for the sweater.” Add that it is very soft and warm and you will love to wear it to school.
-Let your children choose their own stationery so they will enjoy writing notes. Kids love to see their own name on anything, so personalize and/or monogram their note cards, notebooks, pencils and stickers.
-Have your child select the stamps too! The more involved kids are in the decision-making process, the more interested they become.
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