"Dear Granny, thanks awfully for the Christmas present ..."
It is often said that "manners maketh a man", but I believe this idiom should start with children. A child, after all, does grow up to become a man - or woman - so the teaching of good manners should begin in childhood.
As a parent, I strive to teach my own daughter good manners which will, one hopes, reflect well on her and help her to become a thoughtful and polite adult.
I believe part of being a well-mannered child includes writing thank you notes. This is a particularly opportune time to write a post on the subject as we have just encountered the busiest present-receiving time of the year. Nowadays, most children are fortunate enough to receive numerous presents from relatives and friends to mark such special occasions as birthdays and holidays. As a parent, I strongly encourage you to teach your young nippers to put pen to paper and write a few lines of gratitude for every present received, no matter who it's from.
This is a simple task, but an essential one. And, it need not take long to complete. Just a few short minutes is all that is required to convey one's thanks and acknowledgement towards the thoughtful present giver.
Parents, I strongly encourage you to purchase a supply of thank you notes and arm your children with them so that they are ready to scribble away at a moment's notice. And, for those of you that have in the past given gifts to children who have never been taught good manners, I might just have the perfect solution. The next time you consider sending that child a present, why not wrap up a box of thank you notes, along with a nice pen, and send those along.
One does so hope the parents will eventually get a clue.