Teach Your Kids to Say Thank You

Written notes are a nice way for your children to express their gratitude.

Sitting on my kitchen counter at home are four thank-you cards for Christmas gifts, one of them from my husband's 90-year-old Aunt Helen, who writes regularly—and promptly—every year to thank us for the Christmas wreath we send. I'm not as prompt as Aunt Helen, so when her card arrives, it reminds me to write my own holiday thank-you notes. And just in time: January is National Thank You Month.

See Also: Do You Know How to Handle Awkward Money Moments?

Subscribe to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Be a smarter, better informed investor.

Save up to 74%

Sign up for Kiplinger’s Free E-Newsletters

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice on investing, taxes, retirement, personal finance and more - straight to your e-mail.

Profit and prosper with the best of expert advice - straight to your e-mail.

Sign up

To continue reading this article
please register for free

This is different from signing in to your print subscription

Why am I seeing this? Find out more here

Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.