30 Days of Thanks: 7 Ways to Say "Thank You" to Special People
From teachers and babysitters to pediatricians and nice neighbors, there are many people who help make our parenting journey a little easier. Here are some fun ways to let your helpful community know they are appreciated.
Coffee for Teachers
As a former teacher, I know how valuable a morning cup of coffee is. Let the teachers and day care workers in your child’s life know how much they mean to you by showing up with coffee when you drop off your child. Personalize it by having your child decorate a special cup sleeve.
Hidden Babysitter Notes
Every parent knows how amazing it is to find a trustworthy babysitter who loves your kids and gives you the freedom of a worry-free night away from home. Next time you’re out, leave hidden messages of thanks in places you know they’ll find it—on top of the formula can or in the sippy cup cupboard. Let your kids be in on the secret, and they’ll be tickled to watch their sitter find the messages.
Pictures for House Guests
My kids love it when our friends stop by for visits, especially when they take a few moments to give my kids some undivided attention. When friends leave, my daughter started the tradition of taking them by the hand to her wall of art and telling them to pick out one drawing to take home with them. It’s a simple little thank you for their time and affection.
Message for the Mail Carrier
I realized after our mail carrier once offered to drive my daughter’s tricycle back home in her truck (after my daughter abandoned it on a walk) that she was pretty special. Have an exceptionally nice mail carrier or UPS driver? Using sidewalk chalk, write them a kind message on your mailbox and have your child draw a few pictures. You’ll be sure to brighten their day.
Hot Cocoa for Kind Neighbors
My kids have several adopted grandparents in our neighborhood, and it’s always special to see these kind neighbors and friends reach out to my children. A simple way to let kind neighbors know you appreciate them? Drop some hot cocoa packets and marshmallows in a pretty mug, attach a thank you note and leave it in their mailbox.
Notes for Waitresses
Growing up, I remember this was something special my dad always did. He wrote thank you notes to food servers at restaurants to include with the receipt and tip, making note of anything special they did for our family. I love following this tradition, and my kids are learning that when people go out of their way to provide good service, it’s important to let them know you appreciate it.
Good, caring pediatricians can ease our stress, charm our children and make scary parenting situations far less worrisome. Next time you visit your doctors, let them know that you recognize their good care. Bring a small gift, a handwritten note or have your child draw a picture. And don’t forget to include your pediatrician’s office on your holiday card list!
There’s so much to be thankful for, we can’t fit them all into one post! Check out BabyZone’s 30 Days of Thanks page to see all the things—great and small—that we can be grateful for each day.
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