I can remember my mother sitting me down at an early age and having me write thank you cards and notes. The habit has stuck with me over the years (thus my obsession with stationary in general).
Admittedly, I've slacked over the years and have neglected to write thank you notes to close family and friends. I've always felt guilty of this even though Emily Post states it's not necessary to thank such close people. I have however, always written thank you notes to those such as co-workers or acquaintances that might purchase a gift "just because" or for weddings and baby showers. These type of hand-written thank you notes is a must, no exceptions.
Now that I'm a mother, I'm attempting to pass the art of the thank you card down to my daughter. At least for now, Lallie doesn't see it as a chore (and hopefully she never will). Rather, she sees it as an opportunity to be creative, picking out her own pink cupcake cards and writing her "thanks" in a rainbow of colors. I hope Lallie's little rainbow notes give the receiver a huge smile. Husband and I have certainly enjoyed watching her write them with such adorable enthusiasm and creativity.
Happy Tuesday Y'all!