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Thank You Notes- A Must

Updated on May 2, 2011

Thank You

It feels good to be acknowleged
It feels good to be acknowleged

Etiquette You Can Not Avoid

Never under estimate the importance of the Thank You Note.

Anytime your children receive a gift from anyone, they should be making thank you cards. Teaching your children to write or make thank you notes is not only socially expected and polite, it is also an important lesson of gratitude and recognition that they need to have.

It's your responsibility to teach your children these kinds of manners and social customs. If they don't learn it from you, where will they learn it? Leadership by example should be key here as well. They should be seeing you give thank you notes or emails to people who've done something nice for you.

The gift giver has every reason to feel slighted if they do not receive an acknowledgment. Most people don't give you a gift in order to receive your praise in return. But most people expect social decency: please and thank yous, doors held, letting the people off of the elevator before you get on.

When someone goes out of their way to pick out a gift for you, or to make you something, or to do a good deed, it should be recognized. You know how you feel when someone thanks you for something you did.

When you deliver your daughter's Girl Scout cookies with her, have her put a thank you note in with each order. It's practically a guarantee that your neighbors will be ordering more cookies again next year. When your neighbor watches your dog for you while you're out of town, leave them a thank you note and a Dunkin Donuts gift certificate on top of the dog food.

The thank you note is not limited to immediacy. I have often sent a thank you note years after receiving a gift. Think of the smile it would put on your grandmother's face to receive a thank you note out of the blue for a recipe she gave you years ago, letting her know how often you make it and how much your family enjoys it. Imagine the feeling your friend would have when she opens a thank you note from you thanking her for the rocking chair she gave you when your daughter was born, and reading that you've now given it to your daughter who is expecting.

Two minutes of your time goes a long way in upholding this simple social tradition.

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    MasonsMom 9 years ago from U.S.A.

    I grew up being taught that you ALWAYS send a thank you note for any gift. I'm so glad my parents made me then, because I still do it now.

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    Michelle Simtoco 10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    A thank you note can uplift one's spirit. There have been moments when we received a note from a parent telling us how much they appreciated what we've done for their kids...we treasure these notes a lot. :-)

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    3FX3Katie 10 years ago

    I don't think I've ever sent a thank you note. But now I am thinking about the people that would really get into getting one from me for stuff they've given me that I use all the time. I think I will start with my dad. Thank you Veronica