Have you noticed that hardly anyone does thank you cards anymore?
With family members sending Christmas gifts thousands of miles, I learned at an early age the value of a simple thank you card. I'm trying to train my children that same value. It's a lot harder to impress their value on a child when the giver is sitting there when they tear open the gift with enthusiasm and shout "Thank-you!" loudly across the room as they closely examine the new toy.
Daniel had a birthday party last week and was blessed to have a bunch of little boys come to celebrate and they all brought gifts. Once I made the cards I sat down with him to write thank you notes to each of the boys who had generously brought such fun gifts.
We took care of the notes in three sittings. He dictated what he wanted to write to me. I wrote it down legibly for him. He then had to copy down what he'd said on the card himself. It took a long time. When you are six and have just started writing words it is good hard work.
How do you instill gratitude in your kids?