I love to share great little quotes with my boys and one of my favorites from James E Faust is:
"A grateful heart is a beginning for greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being."
I want my boys to have all the blessing of a grateful heart and so I am doing my best to instill in them the habit of being thankful. Not only an attitude of thankfulness but putting the sentiments into action with pen and paper. We have talked about how much we LOVE to get a little note in the mail, to hold something in your hands and knowing the time and effort it took is endearing and makes you feel loved. It is thoughtful and kind and who doesn't want those attributes for their children?
So my boys know that in our family thank you notes are a must, no if and or buts. I remind them often and make sure it happens!
I do try to make it fun though. After Christmas we had a little thank you note writing "party". I had a few different thank you notes to choose from (some that were not "too girly"). And I rounded up some little treats, just to sweeten the deal--yum!
I am trying to do these little "parties" every couple of weeks. There are always people to thank. Just like most things, I know I have to be consistent or it won't stick!
What do you do to get your children to write thank you notes? I would love to hear your ideas!