I was raised to always write thank you notes.
I always write them. I always get them into envelopes and address them.
Unfortunately, 9 times out of 10 they never make it into the mail for some reason. The excuses are ridiculous but by the time I get around to mailing them it seems so long after the fact that it seems silly to send them.
I am trying to do better with the boys.
We initiated the rule last year at Noah's birthday and then this past Christmas that a toy does NOT get opened until the thank you card is written. Then, Noah is begging to get the notes written so that he can open the toy.
Last year, he was only required to write the person to whom the note was written's name and his name. This year, I am writing out the whole note and he is copying it. I know it's not from the heart, but it is a good way to start teaching him and it's better than standing there for a half hour spelling each and every word.
With four days of birthday celebrations this weekend, there are a LOT of notes to write. I think we will tackle them at quiet time today.
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And hopefully I will get them into the mail in a timely fashion. It hardly seems fair for him to do all the work to write them if I don't get my butt in gear and send them.
So if you are reading this and you are on the list for a thank you card (and I know there are a lot of you out there), please be patient...they're on the way.
I'd love to hear what others are tackling today.