With Love and Heartfelt Appreciation

There is only one thing more exhausting than hosting a 6-year-old’s birthday party at one of those crazy, filled-with-inflatable-slides-and-bouncy-houses kinds of places:

Encouraging your child to

pen the thank-you notes

for gifts received at those crazy, filled-with-inflatable-slides-and-bouncy-houses kinds of places.

His party was two weeks ago, and we’re on Note #4.

To be fair, I gave him a few days off because the party came in the midst of the end-of-school-year celebrations.

And then I gave myself a few days off to get my house back in order and my mind wrapped around our plan for the upcoming months.

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But now that we’re in the swing of summer, it can’t be put off any longer. His friends were so thoughtful with what they gave, and I want him to know that it’s important to express his appreciation.

{Well, as much as a 6-year-old can grasp that concept, anyway.}

So I sat with him yesterday afternoon and handed him the first copy of a template I created. He wrote the name of his beloved friend in the first blank space, after which I reminded him which gift she’d given. Then I asked him if he could think of a word that described her well, and he replied “cool,” and wrote that in. And then with a flourish, he signed his letter “Matt.”

That took, oh, about


very long minutes.

While I cooked dinner, I encouraged him to neatly write three others. {I use the term “neatly” loosely.}

And now we have a mere 21 more to go.

Have mercy.

If you happen to be one of the lovely parents of the lovely children who attended The Boy’s party, please know that he was tickled by each and every gift. And your child will receive a thank you note … soon.

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Have your own agonizing thank-you note writing session to get through? If you’d like a copy of this template for yourself, just click here. It’s free to this little light followers.


{Insert or attach a small picture of your son or daughter by the “See you soon!” remark to personalize!}

Linking up today with all the fun DIY-ers at Live Laugh Rowe!

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  1. I love that you are teaching him the art of thank you notes! And that you are helping him with a template. That really makes so much sense! I love this. 🙂

  2. Oh boy…my kids’ parties were the middle of May and the beginning of June….not a single note written yet. {{sigh}} We have the cards, we’ve *talked* about it – lol! GOtta make sure we do it too – last year I was so pleased we got the boy’s out right away – and then I totally just FORGOT to get the girl to do *any*! Whoops. :-/

  3. That is such a great idea!!! Having just got through the agonizing process ourselves a couple months ago, I sure could have used this! next year, for sure!

    I got nominated for a sunshine award, and in return I get to nominate my 10 favorite blogs, and yours is one of them. See it here
    Peace and Love,

  4. Yes, great idea! Found you from the mingle. Now following via google friend, fb, twitter and pinterest. Would love follows back 🙂


  5. That is a great idea! I found your blog via the Mom’s Mingle and am happy to be your newest follower! I’d love for you to follow me back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com. 🙂

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