Last week I was reading “The Insanity of Goody Bags and Thank You Cards” on Scary Mommy and laughed. Why? Because deep down inside I understood where the author was coming from. She thought that we should by-pass goody bags and thank you cards instead of trying to figure out what we’re going to stuff in them and having your child slave over thank you cards.
While I understand her concern because it gets ridiculous with the gift bags/favors, I think thank you cards are a requirement. I understand not having your child personalize every single card, but what about sending thank you cards with a collage of pictures from the party with your son or daughter signing each card? Great keepsake and your child won’t get carpal tunnel?
I get that it overwhelms some parents because you get through a huge party and you’re exhausted. You don’t want to take the time out to say thank you because you personally thanked every guest for coming and you think that’s enough, but I think there is just a lost art with sending thank you cards. How will your children understand the importance if you don’t teach them early?
Will they know to send a thank you card to a teacher who has written them a glowing recommendation for college? How about sending a thank you card to an adult who has inspired them? What about sending a thank you card to a potential employer after an interview? Children are resilient and they should definitely learn to appreciate writing a formal thank you, but I think it is incumbent on us parents to find creative ways to inspire them when they’re young.
Now, the favor bag insanity… I can agree with that as I scroll for the perfect favor for my munch’s giraffe themed party next month. LOL.