Sunday, January 3, 2016

Why Your Kids Should Write Thank-You's

Another Christmas Day has come and gone, and if your house is like mine, there are the remnants of wrappings and gifts still lying around the house. The children have been busy playing with all their new toys. Like many children, they received a copious amount of presents from other people. And just like my mother, I have my children write thank-yous. 

I know many people think a verbal thank you is sufficient, but I don't. And the reason is this: we tend to overindulge our children. They receive so much that they begin to think they deserve it. This leads to a sense of entitlement. Entitled children become entitled adults. There is growing concern that this sense of entitlement will be the demise of our great country.

When a child writes a thank you, it teaches the child to think outside themselves and think about the person giving the gift. Writing a thank you is a humbling experience. The very action of it says I didn't really deserve this, but I am thankful for it. It gives children time to reflect on their gratefulness, not just on themselves and their new toy.

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” 
― BrenĂ© Brown

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