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Writing Thank-You Notes From Your Child

Mommy Dearest: Thank-You Notes From Lil One

Mommy Dearest,

While I don't look forward to writing thank-you notes, I think it's common courtesy to write them anytime you or your lil one gets a gift.

Lately, I've been at a crossroads on how to write them. My little boy is only 13-months-old and obviously can't write them himself. Should I write them from his point of view using his imagined voice, or should I write them from my perspective? I have received both in the mail and rather enjoy the ones written in the child's "words."

—Questionable Penman

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Questionable Penman,

Kudos to you for writing the thank-you notes no matter who you write them from. Everyone appreciates them, even if it's just to let them know that their gift was received.

After my first baby shower, I realized how difficult it was going to be to write thank-you notes for a baby. But I took notes from my friends who had written witty ones from their tots and began to pen mine from my child's perspective. At first it may seem a little silly, but it also allows you to write short and sweet cards. And, you can refer to "mommy" who also loved the gifts junior received. Soon your babe will be able to draw a picture of himself using the gifted toy and then you're off the hook.

—Mommy Dearest

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