Avoid the “say thank you” prompt as kids open or receive their gifts. It puts a lot of pressure on kids to 'perform' and can go sideways quickly. It can be very difficult for young children to understand the entire concept of giving & receiving. Children are sponges. From a young age, it's important to show them the attitude of gratitude. Take the lead on that and say: “Grandma worked really hard to come up with this gift. Let’s take a picture to send to her to show her how much it means to us.” When we do it, we’re teaching it. Just do it and do it joyfully. They absorb it.
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