Getting Grads to Write Thank-you Notes
Q.
I want my teenage son to send thank-you notes for his graduation gifts, but he thinks it’s unnecessary and old-fashioned. How do I get him to write the notes?
A. Appeal to your son’s empathy. Ask him how he’d feel if he had put effort into choosing a gift for someone and never received a response. You can also remind him that those who feel unappreciated may stop sending gifts. A hand-written note is warmer than e-mail, so make it easier by providing him with the tools: stationery, stamps, etc. And be a good role model. Say, “How about we both sit down tonight and work on note writing?”

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