Free Printable Fill-In-The-Blank Thank You Card
That’s probably too dramatic, but I do feel like one major hurdle in modern-day parenting is teaching children to be kind and grateful, rather than mimicking the gimmes and other entitled behavior that seems to be everywhere!
So one small way that I’ve decided to help increase gratitude and decrease the “I wants” is to make sure that my children express thanks for any gifts that they receive. Verbal thanks is a given, but I also like driving the point home by having them write a small note to the giver.
My two preschool-aged kiddos (one 5 and almost kindergarten, one 3 and determined to keep up with her brother) are both growing more confident in their writing, but asking them to write 2 full sentences was straining everyone’s patience a little bit.
Instead, I whipped up a quick fill-in-the-blank thank you note that we could print out, fill in, and sign (partially inspired by one of the funniest parts of Diary of a Wimpy Kid ;). Works like a charm! And there’s also the option to color the back, postcard style, because the only thing cuter than early writer handwriting is little kid drawings, and the combo will just melt anyone’s heart!
There is also blank space where I filled in one short sentence of what my child liked about the gift (in their own words), to help reinforce the idea that someone was so kind to give them something that they love.
The cards print 4 to a page, so just print on white cardstock and cut apart. After your littles have filled them in, hand-deliver or put them in an envelope to mail (they’ll fit in any standard A2 envelope).
I can’t say that this has been the magical charm to banish all the gimmes and “I wants” from our home, but I do think that it’s helping, so that’s a good enough start for me!
What do you do to help your children understand and express gratitude?
PS: Want that font? Free here from Dafont.