There’s an item that needs to be in every family member’s stocking this year. It’s rare that we would say “need,” but this is definitely a need.
Part of parenting needs to include teaching the lesson of gratitude. Gratitude begins by saying “Thank You.”
Purchase a box of Thank You notes for each member of the family and place it in their stockings. Find a way to track each gift when opened. Each family member can have their own pad or one family member (in our house it was Mom) can sit with a pad and keep track for everyone. Set aside a night before New Years to sit down as a family writing notes and drinking hot chocolate.
Taking the time to write a Thank You note is not only the right thing to do, it’s also a training thing to do. Nothing teaches gratitude like learning to say “Thank You.”