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Our daughter recently turned 2 years old, and we celebrated with family and friends as we hosted her art-themed birthday party. She and her friends enjoyed the crafts and the yummy food. And she definitely enjoyed opening and playing with her birthday gifts from our family and friends.
As is customary for our household, we kept a list of who gave us what gifts so that we could write thank-you notes later. But rather than just writing a nice note, we got our daughter involved in contributing to the thank-you. Would a regular thank-you note be sufficient? Absolutely! But we find it fun and important for our daughter to play a part. Even though our daughter is too young to write, she left an impression on her notes…quite literally. We got out our ink pad and let her put her “signature” on each card in the form of her hand print. I then wrote her name and dated each card. Each card was also written from her perspective. We could have just as easily let her draw on one side of the card, and use the other side for writing. Regardless of how you decide to do it, here are our reasons for getting your kids involved in writing thank-you notes (or any notes for that matter).
5 Reasons to Get Your Kids Involved in Writing Thank-You Notes
The rather obvious reason here, but it will help them understand that they should say thank you to the people who do nice things for them. We’ve tried from a very young age to get her to say thank you any time someone helps her or gives her something. She’s pretty good about it for a 2-year-old, and we hope it will continue to develop as she grows.
She’s still too young to write, but this is the first real glimpse of a reason we learn to read and write. She doesn’t need to be in school before she learns what a letter is. We hope that it will show her one day that there is a reason why we teach the things we do.
Sort of in line with teaching them to show thanks, teaching them to be appreciative goes beyond saying “Thank you.” It’s about developing an understanding in them that people are doing nice things for you because they love you. It’s getting them to realize that they didn’t have to be nice, but chose to be nice, and that courtesy should be reciprocated in turn.
Again, any thank-you note is sufficient. But I think it’s exciting to see kids get involved in writing the notes. One of our daughters friends even “wrote” the words “Happy Birthday to my friend” in her card (may have looked like scribbles to some people, but our daughter could “read” it.
Finally, we think it could be a unique keepsake for the recipient. I don’t expect everyone to keep the cards we’re sending out, but they could. And if her grandparents or great-grandparents want to, they can keep the hand-print signed card for a long time, and even show her one day how thoughtful she was. At the very least we hope it brings a smile to their face.
So however you think you can get your kids involved in writing notes, do it. If you have ideas for getting them involved please share them below!