Teaching Children to Say Thank You
By Writing to Them
1 Thessalonians 5 12:18
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Remembering to say thank you is a habit we need to teach and practice with our children. Having our grandchildren the weekend after Halloween it gave us the opportunity to suggest and then support them in writing to their father who took them out for Halloween.
Writing paper is something that I have always found comforting. Yes comforting, as I child I remember getting my allowance and saving up until I had enough money to buy notepaper. We would go to Kmart and I would sit in front of the paper and cards. I love the feel of quality paper and the comforting aesthetics of beautiful note paper and cards.
As such I have a large stash of different writing paper and some one of a kind art note cards. The art note card in the photo is a picture that Aunt Marjorie painted.
For children who have writing/spelling skills it is important to let them write their own notes and to not correct spelling. In years to come the note will represent a captured moment in time. Where children are just learning to write pictures are just as meaningful.
The last step was to help the girls purchase their own stamps, and show them where to post their letters. This week we will mail a thank you letter to both girls coming to visit and helping us plan a wonderful Sunday dinner.
Reviving the Tradition of Writing
- October 18th, 2013 we explored guidelines in writing letters to children
- October 23, 2013 to write to children things that we have Notice about them
- November 4th, 2013 we explored letters that convey Gratitude
- November 13, 2013 we looked at letters that say we Believe in our children
- November 30, 2013 we discussed writing about our Hopes for our children
- December 16th, 2013 writing letter that describe how we Cherish them
- December 29th,2013 writing notes that express our enjoyment
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