How To Encourage Your Child To Start Writing Thank You Notes
It's never too early, and never too late, to write a thank you note.
If your child can hold a crayon, then it’s time to teach them to send thank-you notes, says international etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore. “It might not be the most eloquent thank you, however it will still be heartfelt if the child created, designed, or made a note, even if it’s just on white paper.”
Parents can also write a note to go along with a child’s creation. Write something like, “Dear Mom and Dad, we appreciate and acknowledge your thoughtful gift and so does Danny.”
When it comes to an appropriate turnaround time to send a thank-you, Whitmore says that sooner, rather than later, is best. “If a month has passed and you’re trying to decide if it’s too late, no, it’s never too late. Receiving a thank-you note late is better than not receiving one at all.”
4 Simple Thank-You Note Ideas for Kids:
- A two- to three-year-old can color or use stamps on a piece of paper.
- A four- to five-year-old who is learning to print can write their name after a message they dictate to you.
- Elementary-age kids can write a simple message on a preprinted note card or one that they design themselves.
- Kids who struggle with handwriting skills, or have a disability that hinders their ability to write or draw, could type a note on the computer for you to print and mail.