*Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post. Sometimes a simple thank you is all a person needs.
A lot of work and sentiment goes into the holidays and so many times, we tear into those gifts and then forget that the very best gift in return is gratitude.
Teaching children to say thank you is tantamount. It teaches them that gratitude is important and that nothing comes without a personal sacrifice, large or small. So whether it was Grandma spending hours to crochet a new sweater or a sweet little cousin spending her own money on a gift, sometimes the greatest gift in return is actually two words: Thank you.
Why a Simple Thank You Goes a Long Way
The past few weeks have been a flurry of classroom projects and parties, last-minute runs to the store for a forgotten gift or a container of frosting for gingerbread houses. One particular day I spent my entire waking hours doing “stuff” for my kids. I packed lunches, ran them to school, drove to the store to get my oldest daughter three “favorite things” gifts for a party, then drove back to the school to cheer my youngest daughter on at a classroom performance. By then it was noon and time to drive my little guy to preschool, after which I ran back home and baked up a batch of donuts, wiping the flour off my shirt just in time to go grab everyone from school and whisk them away to parties and practices.
During all of this, the thought crossed my mind, My kids have no idea what I’m actually doing for them.
That night as I flopped onto my bed, I felt something underneath my back. It was a card. A simple card with the words “Thank You” on it.
I felt all of my frustration dissipate as I read the sweet words of a six-year-old. Thank you for being my mom. You are a great mom. You are the best mom. Love, Piper.
Sometimes one tiny thank-you is all you need.
Help Your Kids Say Thank You
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They’re great for showing gratitude after birthdays, holidays, dance recitals, or for any reason really.
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There’s Always a Reason To Say Thanks
When you think about it, there’s always a reason to say thanks. And there are so many people to give thanks to. Parents, grandparents, teachers, friends—people in our children’s lives that give them time, patience, and love.
Teaching kids to say thank you early and often is just one way we can shape a better society. Because the very best gift of all is the gift of gratitude.