A simple thank you

I’m big on thank you’s. I have my parents and the way I was raised to thank for that and it honestly baffles me how people can accept gifts, kind gestures or help without a simple acknowledgement.

After Christmas’s and birthdays my mum would make me call relatives to thank them for their generosity. I’m not bragging or saying I go above and beyond; I think this is the standard … Isn’t it?

Birthdays, weddings, no matter the occasion, gifts are thoughtful whether they’re money in an envelope or a hand made craft.

Well this is the standard I want to set for my children. Those that brought gifts for Jaspy and Rhys have, or will soon (I sent my last batch in the post today) receive thank you cards. IMG_5091

These were so simple and cheap to make on Vistaprint, although the delivery was ridiculous. £14 for 3 day delivery which I think should be the standard time anyway, £8 for 7 days or £3.99 for 14 days!

So a little belated they may be but still, thoughtful thank you’s. When the boys are older they’ll write thank you letters or at least make phone calls.

The same will be for our wedding, I’ve already started looking at thank you cards along with our invites and R.S.V.Ps.

What’s your take on thank you’s? A thing of the past or a staple in your parenting?

Thanks for reading!


  • Lauren Ashley Varley (@lollybond2010)
    21st January 2015 at 8:46 pm Reply

    I completely agree with you, it’s very important to give a big thank you to those who have kindly sent gifts or attended a special occasion. When Joey was born he had so many cards and prezzies, the same happened at his christening and christmas and we sent thank you cards out. Very important to teach our children manners and to be thankful.

    • Jessica
      21st January 2015 at 8:51 pm Reply

      I’m glad you agree! It really does baffle me when we go to a wedding or party, give generously, and hear nothing back. We don’t give to receive but a than you means a lot!

  • Sophie
    21st January 2015 at 10:40 pm Reply

    My parents raised me this way but I’m terrible for keeping on top of it! This post has definitely made me think about it though, and I’ll be sure to remember for the future! I’d like to think I’m thoughtful with calls… But who doesn’t love to receive something other than a bill in the post! Xx

    • Jessica
      25th January 2015 at 10:35 am Reply

      I’m definitely terrible for keeping on top of it. The thought is always there it’s just more than often a tad late! The cards took ages to come in the post so everyone probably thought they weren’t getting anything haha

  • The Smallest Of Things
    21st January 2015 at 11:55 pm Reply

    I was brought up the exact same way as you. I was always reminded to send thank you notes as it is just manners I think. My daughter will definitely be doing the same 🙂


    • Jessica
      25th January 2015 at 10:35 am Reply

      It’s so nice to install good manners on our kiddies; we definitely had great parents 🙂

  • Mrs Meldrum
    22nd January 2015 at 9:02 am Reply

    AMEN Sistaaaa! I always wrote thank you cards & letters & have done for both the girls! It’s something I want them to do automatically when they are older! I can’t believe how common it is to not receive/send thank you cards! We are yet to receive any and we have LOTS of children we buy for! Good on you x

    • Jessica
      25th January 2015 at 10:37 am Reply

      I knew you’d agree; you’re such a super muma!! I know; we’re yet to receive any either and I’m not holding my breath! Your little ladies are going to be such polite and grateful little poppets! x

  • natalie
    22nd January 2015 at 11:37 am Reply

    Absolutely a staple! My daughter is 2 and I do them for her at the moment, but she says thank you and when she can she will be writing them herself. Very very important to me to teach her this as my Mum did to us. I made some lovely ones on Snapfish (on my blog) for her birthday last year. I sent presents to & been to weddings where i’ve heard nothing afterwards, and like you said…baffles me! xx

    • Jessica
      25th January 2015 at 10:38 am Reply

      It’s crazy; to receive 50 odd gifts or envelopes of money at a wedding and not think to say thank you. I know some people see it as pay back for what they spent on their guests meals which is just awful!

      I’ll check yours out now 🙂 ALways lovely to see others and get ideas 🙂

  • The Knott Bump & Us
    23rd January 2015 at 9:14 pm Reply

    I alwaaaaaays make sure I send thank you cards for Isla and I definitely call or text people to say thank you for mine. It’s just common courtesy isn’t it? I can’t ever imagine not saying thank you! Your Christmas thank you cards are gorgeous, well done lady!xxxx

    • Jessica
      25th January 2015 at 10:34 am Reply

      SO glad you agree; you’re such an organised muma I knew you’d send them too!

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