Teaching #Gratitude with a Thank You

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HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU

Gratitude isn't innate. It's taught. So is the art of the personal thank you note.

Parents have to lead by example and model how to be gracious and receive with grace. A big part of that is giving thanks. Since it's the season on giving, I carve time out to teach my children to look at each gift with joy. Someone took the time, money and effort to pick something special out for them. Even if they don't immediately LOVE that new pair of long underwear, I expect them to smile, say "thank you" and send a note after.

Having kids write thank you notes is a must to teach them to be grateful. Here are some ideas in how to get them to write great notes of appreciation.

Personalized stationery makes all the difference in motivating your kids to write. Stock up and make sure some new notes appear under the Christmas Tree.

Minted

has TONS of adorable options that you can personalize. I'm smitten with the

Sweet Hello

cards and then the

Animal Hello cards

--those are especially nice since they have lines to guide the kids' hands.

thank you note tips

Personalized holiday address labels by Mabels Labels. Pick from three limited edition designs for the 2015 season, we are partial to penguins, $12.99 for 100 labels. This plus some Charlie Brown stamps and your kids will love their stash of supplies for letters.

Don't forget some fun pens. I love Le Pen for the precise tip and fluid motion.

This is not a sponsored post. We are grateful to our brand partners for providing samples.

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