Encouraging kids to send thank-you notes

MOMSEVERYDAY -- The world is now filled with modern conveniences, many of which certainly make mom’s life easier. But there is one traditional show of gratitude that has fallen out of fashion: the thank-you note.

While not every kind gesture requires a thank-you note, if a relative sent a thoughtful gift from far away, a handwritten note is most definitely the appropriate response. According to the Emily Post Institute, hand-written notes are warmer and more special than other forms of 'thank yous'. The institute says all gifts should be acknowledged with a note, unless the present was opened in front of the giver and you thank them in person.

It’s helpful to explain to young children the value and purpose of the notes: to tell someone special how much you enjoyed their gift. You can also let children know that receiving a thank-you note makes people feel good and they’ll know you received their gift. And while you should send a thank-you note as soon as possible, a late note is better than no note at all.