Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Outstanding Thank You Note

Wouldn’t you be so proud of your 12 year old son if he had written this thank you note?  I certainly would be!  Alas, my son did not write the thank you note, he received it. 

After reading the note, he said, “Wow.  This thank you note is waaaay better than any I’ve ever written.”

My daughter read it and chimed in, “That thank you note has A LOT more than three sentences.” 

[For context, I’ve coached my kids that thank you notes should have at least three sentences…something along the lines of, “Thank you for the ______.  I really like it because _________.  I am glad you were able to come to my party/spend Christmas with us/etc.]

It was fun to watch my son as he realized what a well-written thank you note looks like—and that it was written by one of his peers.  It was also really cool that his friend acknowledged how much the gift had meant—especially since my son had a very active role in selecting the items that went into the gift basket.

Above all, I’m delighted my son has such a good friend who is able to articulate what friendship means.  What more could a parent ask for?


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