Step Require Thank Yous

Writing thank-you cards to others is a habit of gratitude we should encourage in our children. This is another way kids learn to consider other people's feelings rather than just their own. The problem for most parents is getting kids to write these notes without a struggle. One way is to allow kids to create their own way of thanking the person. A few creative thank-you ideas for kids might include:

• Video. Make a tape of a video just for that person that expresses appreciation.

• Photo. Take a photo of the child wearing or using the gift. The developed print makes an instant postcard; the child just writes a brief note on the back and addresses and mails it.

• Puzzle. Write the thank-you on a piece of card stock, and then cut it into a few pieces like a jigsaw puzzle.

• Cereal spell out. Spell out the thank-you use M&M's or alphabet cereal glued on a piece of cardboard.

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