The Proper Thank You

There are many virtues that I strive to nurture in my children.   I want them to demonstrate compassion and believe in themselves.  I want them to have a solid moral compass and I want them to never underestimate the power of a handwritten thank you note.

We recently celebrated someone’s big fourth birthday (more sappy words to come).  My little man was big enough to comprise a list of friends to celebrate with – and big enough to contribute to the simple yet gracious way to thank others for their kindness.


He took pride in his work and insisted that the card insert have “NO LINES!” to guide him.  The end result was authentically Adrian – sweet pictures accompanied by delicious beginner handwriting.

Here’s to making it stick.



  1. Awww…I love this. He is too sweet…you must be one proud mama. He’s not even my kid and I’m in awe of this. 🙂

  2. This is awesome! I totally should have had my five year old write thank you notes after his birthday party. I think the time was such a stressful one that I just was glad it was over and I I always instill the need to say “Thank you” , “excuse me” etc with him, but you are so right, in an age where people don’t write much, a handwritten note means everything!

  3. I love this and am totally with you in instilling compassion and kindness, one handwritten note at a time. So sweet!

  4. The handwritten note is sadly becoming lost and it is a shame! Even adults haven’t thanked me for generous wedding gifts and ad expected their children don’t either. Keep up the great example!

  5. Gabriella says

    Teaching to say thank you is so important! He looks so sweet and happy to write。 you are doing the right thing!

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