Is basic etiquette dying out How just 30 per cent of parents make children write thank-you notes
Many of us will remember being made to write thank-you notes after receiving gifts as children.
But however generous friends and relatives may be this Christmas, they are less likely than ever to receive a hand-written missive as a token of a appreciation.
New research has found that fewer parents than ever are making efforts to instill the basic etiquette into their children.
Dying art New research has found that just 30.7 per cent of mothers and fathers demand that their children always write thank-you notes
A survey by Today Moms and Parenting.com found that just 30.7 per cent of mothers and fathers demand that their children always write thank-you notes.
41.7 per cent of the 6,000 polled admit they only sometimes make their children pen letters of thanks after receiving a gift, and 27.6 per cent never ensure their youngsters do so.
And it seems younger parents are the worst at letting the habit slide. Those under 30, the research found, are nearly twice as likely not to make their children write thank-you notes than their peers
Perfect manners: Victoria Beckham with husband David and their three sons (from left) Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo. They also have a baby daughter, Harper
Regardless of its waning popularity, thank-you notes are a sign of impeccable manners for supermodel mother-of-four Heidi Klum.
In an interview earlier this year, she said of her friend Victoria Beckham: “She has the best behaved kids in the world. When we go to their birthday parties, each of the kids writes handwritten thank-you notes ontheir own headed paper.”
“Thank-younotes are a concrete way to help kids learn about showing appreciation”
Cindy Post Senning, etiquette expert and director at the Emily Post Institute believes children miss out on essential social skills if they are not made to write thank-you notes.
“It is not irrelevant or old-fashioned,” she told Today.com. “It is really important and it will make a huge difference for them later in life.
“Thank-younotes are a concrete way to help kids learn about showing appreciation.”
Even an email or phone call, she says, are acceptable – if less powerful – ways to show appreciation.
“[They are] way, way better than nothing,” she added.