Is it necessary for a teenager to send a thank-you to the parents of the girl that invited her on a cruise, when she paid her own way?
–Name withheld, Providence, RI
Even though her way was paid, she benefited from the trip because it was organized by her friend’s parent. She broadened her horizon, and she was chaperoned by the other child’s parents (to some degree). It could be a thank-you card on which she writes a short heartfelt sentence thanking them for the opportunity and the memories.
Exceptions would be: if the teen had a horrible experience on the cruise or if her own parent(s) were planning on reciprocating with a return adventure at another time. Should the teen balk, have her email, and not text, her thank-you note saying why she appreciated the cruise.
Personally, I would use almost any teaching opportunity to encourage children not only to thank, but to prioritize making thank-you note writing a natural response of appreciation. Socially, as well as in business later on. Studies show that polite people are more apt to get ahead in life and become leaders.
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