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Do your children still write thank you letters?

Do you insist that your children write thank you letters for gifts?

We’re a bit late with ours, but slowly, yet surely we are getting through them. I mentioned this to a friend yesterday and she was surprised we bothered.

“We used to, but we just send texts now,” she said.

It wouldn’t bother me if I received a note of thanks via text – at least the recipient had made some effort to acknowledge a gift – but I’m not sure I’m ready to go down that route myself.

There’s nothing better than receiving a handwritten note from a child that thanks you for your gift. As much as anything, I know they have had to put a lot of effort into it as 99 per cent of children are practically tied to the chair to write them.

I know mine hate to do it, even though it actually takes very little time to do.But I believe that it is good manners to send them if you cannot thank them in person. It acknowledges the fact that someone has spent time and effort finding the gift and sending it. Who cares if they’ve just clicked the “buy” button on Amazon? It’s their hard earned cash.

However, timeliness is also a factor – and if I don’t get a move on, our thank yous will be woefully late, which is just as rude as not sending one at all.