Do Your Grandchildren Know How to Write a Proper Thank You Note?October 16, 2018
Within the Honey Good community, we talk a lot about gratitude and what it means both for others and for ourselves when we express it. In fact, did you know it even has the power to boost your health? Read all about that, here.
But back to my musings, darlings…
Thank You Notes Will Always Be in Style
I enjoy writing a thank you note. My husband, Shelly, watching me, never fails to say, “Why don’t you pick up the phone and say thank you?” but I wholeheartedly disagree. Expressing your thanks in the form of a handwritten note takes time and shows appreciation. I am all for that!
Teach your Grands at a young age, as my mother taught me and I taught my daughters, to express their thanks in a handwritten thank you note. Not in an email!
Equip your grandchildren with the tools they will need to make writing thank you notes more appealing for the little darlings! Buy them stationary in their favorite color or stationary that is fun. Buy them beautiful or fun forever stamps and colorful pens. Enclose your personal short note on your stationary or card expressing the importance of a ‘thank you’ to those who did something very nice for you.
How to Encourage This Simple (Yet Meaningful) Habit
Here is a sample of one of the notes I enclosed with my little gift.
Dear Grand of mine,
Please write thank you notes, with these little gifts, to people who do nice things for you. Your short, handwritten note will show your appreciation and go much farther than you think. It shows you have made the effort to:
1. Write your note.
2. Address the envelope.
3. Seal the envelope.
4. Fix a stamp to your envelope.
5. Mail your note.
THE ENTIRE PROCESS TOOK YOU TIME. IT SHOWED YOU CARED; THAT YOU ARE APPRECIATIVE! THAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU WANT TO SEND THE PERSON WHO HAS BEEN NICE TO YOU, DEAR GRANDS.
I know the rules of writing a thank you note have changed. Just send a text or dash off an email or even do nothing! Writing a heartfelt thank you note is old hat. I get it! Believe me, I am in ‘the know!’
But I do not approve, darlings. And as my mother said to me last week over the phone, “be true to yourself.” I am. And, I am praying that some of my Grands will follow my advice.
What’s Your Favorite Way to Express Thanks?
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