you thought about how important it is for kids to send a thank you note
to friends and family who have given them gifts and have come to their
generally thought of thank you notes as a gesture of politeness and
good manners. I thought of it as the right thing to do and parents
should insist on it.
started to talk to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family
friends about their ideas about gratitude and saying thank you. More
than one person said in resignation, “Saying thank you is a lost
art. We never receive thank you notes any more.” Still others
said, “I just stopped sending gifts.” And my son shared
about taking his kids to birthday parties where the birthday child
tears open one present after another –I’m sure you can
picture it -- paper all over the place, kids running around, and little
attention to any of the stuff or little appreciation for the gifts.
discovered in the book “What Kids Really Want that Money
Can’t Buy,” by Betsy Taylor that research shows kids
themselves actually do want many things that money can’t buy.
They want more time with loved ones; they want to connect with nature;
they want peace and a kinder, more just world.
children need help in achieving those longings. In regards to
gratitude, they need help in understanding that someone has thought
about them, cares about them and has gone out of their way to do
something special for them. Starting practices such as writing thank
you notes and saying thank you is the beginning of building long term
bonds with others, and a happier, healthier more successful life.
Green Gratitude Kits™ are designed to make it easier and more fun
to say thanks! This is a project you can start with your kids or