Identity Crisis: How to sign a thank-you note from a toddler

Q: I have a 2 year old and I have note cards with her name printed on the front. When I write the thank-you note on the card do I sign my name and write the note from me, the mother, or do I write it in the 3rd person as if the child is writing it and sign her name to the card?

A: You do not write as though your two-year-old had written the note. You can have her draw a picture on her note card and enclose a note from you, but patently she would not be writing a heartfelt thank-you note at her age and it is best not to pretend that she has or use this as a contrivance. As she gets older, you can encourage her to continue with pictures, and eventually with writing her name, until such time as she really can write her own thank-you notes. It is a great way to build an excellent habit.

One Comment

  1. Alicia

    Write as yourself but with observation of how kid likes the gift. So things like :

    “I just wanted to say thank you for the sock monkey you sent daughter. She loves it and will hug it every night before going to bed. ” A kids crayon scribble drawing of the sock monkey enclosed is also perfect

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