Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I’m a firm believer in the handwritten thank-you note. Just ask my husband. He took a photo of me when we were on our honeymoon in which I’m sitting at the table in a bathrobe and slippers, writing thank-you’s for all of our wedding gifts. He couldn’t believe I was doing it then. First he laughed at me, then said, “Can’t you wait till we get home and do that?” Nope. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of our family and friends and felt it was important to properly show my (our) appreciation. Needless to say, I want to teach Noah the same thing. I want him to notice the kindness of others and to express gratitude to the people who love him (and shower him with toys, clothes, and all kinds of fun things). One way I try to do this is by involving him in the process of making gifts and cards for other people, and having him participate in making thank-you’s for the things he receives. This fun project kind of combines the two. Noah loves to paint, so I decided to let him use his artwork as the design for one-of-a-kind notecards. We keep a stash on hand so we can use them for birthday, thank-you, or other cards “from Noah” and we’ve also been known to tie a bunch of them together and give the set as a gift.
On some of the cards, I drew light pencil lines first, to create either stripes or boxes. Noah really loved that because it was something different, and I was really surprised by how well they turned out.