Etiquette Child Manners And Thank You Notes

Teach your child etiquettes and manners. Here is how your child can learn to write a thank you note.

Our children will be the recipients of many gifts. This begins when they are brought into the world and it will continue into their adulthood.

It is important to teach children at a young age, the importance of appreciating the efforts of others.

The most effective way is by example. Allow your child to see you writing a thank you note.

Children as well as adults must learn to show appreciation to others. No one has to give a gift, whether it is a tangible item or a gift of time. Gift givers perform this act, because they want to and because it makes them feel good.

Another thing that makes these gift givers feel good, is the fact that the recipient has taken the time to say thank-you.

If a child witnesses his parent taking the time to write a short note or letter to thank someone, he will understand the importance of the thank-you note or letter.

A thank you letter should include the gift giver's name, the item given and a description of how you feel with the gift and what you are going to do with it.

The next time your child receives a gift, sit him down and explain what the person did. Explain that the giver cares so much about the child that he wanted to show his love by offering a present.

Then explain how happy the giver will feel is he knows how much the gift is enjoyed.

Here's an example. Little Johnny receives a t-shirt with a dinosaur on it. Little Johnny is thrilled with the t-shirt and wants to wear it immediately. This is an ideal opportunity to introduce the thank you note. Ask little Johnny if he likes his t-shirt. When he replies 'yes', suggest that he inform the person who gave him the gift. "Why don't we write a letter to Auntie and tell her how much you like it? Auntie is going to be so happy to know she picked out a t-shirt that you like."

The manner in which you approach your child will depend on his age level.

Provide your child with a piece of paper and a pencil, pen or marker. Allow him to write the letter himself, expressing his emotions as he feels them.

For a child that is too young to write, encourage him to draw a picture about the gift. This is the beginning of writing thank you letters. As the child grows older, his skills at expressing himself improve as well. The drawing will lead to writing words which will continue to writing sentences.

For the older child who is very capable of writing a letter, why not allow him to create his own stationary, either on the computer or by hand using stamps and drawing/coloring tools.

If a child has his own supply of stationery, he will be apt to write his own thank-you notes, without being encouraged to do so.

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