Have you ever felt embarrassed because your child didn’t say, “Thank-you?” Would you
like to try a simple formula for helping your kids say the magic words? If yes, often role
play the following:
The Thank-You Formula ~ Post It on Refrigerator
“Thank-you” + Name of Giver + I like this because...
The Role-Playing Activity:
Imagine objects in the room are gifts. Hand an object to your child and pretend
you are someone who gave him the object as a gift. Then ask your child to use the
formula with each object you give him.
3 Practical Ways to Teach Your Child:
1. Hand your child a pillow. Pretend you are Aunt Helen. Your child could say,
“Thank-you, Aunt Helen. I like this pillow because it will look great on my bed.”
2. Hand your child a pencil. Pretend you are Grandma. Your child could say,
“Thank-you, Grandma. I like this pencil because it’s easy to write with.”
3. Hand your child a book. Pretend you are a friend’s mom. Your child could say,
“Thank-you, Mrs. White. I like this Harry Potter book because the stories are scary.”
Teach Honesty When Saying Thank You:
Maybe your child doesn’t want the gift. Explain that the gift giver wanted to please him
and it’s not nice to say something unkind or hurt the giver’s feelings.
Tell him to practice the Thank-you Formula by finding something he likes about it, like
its size, color, or shape.
If you explain the formula, use it in role-plays, and help your child find something
likable about the gift, your child will know exactly what to say in the future. You
won’t be embarrassed either.
by Jean Tracy, MSS
What are your opinions about this blog post or your suggestions for teaching your children to say 'Thank You?'? Please answer in the comment link below.
With warm wishes,
Jean Tracy, MSS
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