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Kids, teens and thank you notes

"When he was king any parent who even whispered the words 'thank you letter' would get fed to the crocodiles."
From Horrid Henry's Thank You Letter by Francesca Simon

Encouraging children to be thankful can sometimes be a challenge, and getting them to write thank you notes can lead to real battles. Is it really worth it?

Well, call me old fashioned, but I think there's a great deal to be said for getting your children to write thank you notes. And here are ideas, encouragement and inspiration to make the process as painless as possible - both for them, and for you, their parents. You'll find easy and quick ideas for young children, and creative ideas for older children and teens that don't necessarily involve writing. Rather than a dreaded chore, your kids may even find they're having fun!

Why children should write thank you notes, cards and letters

And how to get them to actually do it

10 Dos & Don'ts for getting children to write thank you notes

Hints and tips for getting those letters, cards and notes written without tears.

Creative ideas for children's thank you notes for baby, toddlers and young children

It's not so hard... especially if you're willing to be flexible in your methods.

Creative ideas for thank you notes for older children, preteens and teens

Compromise on the form of the thank you, if necessary!