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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:

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