Remind your children that when they get married they will have to write a thank you note for any presents. Explain to them that they have several years before they will need to write:
“Dear Aunt Polly,
Thank you so much for the gift of money. We will certainly think of you every day when we look at the Afghan hound we will buy with your generous present.”
The custom of writing thank you notes for Christmas presents has long been abandoned. You will have heard the older ones murmuring: “Thank goodness we don’t have to write Thank You notes for all our presents.”
If your child did receive a really good envelope of money, however, then there is no doubt that he or she will want to write a note. This gives you the opportunity to be able to comment of writing.
We know that some really bright children sometimes lack motivation to want to write neatly. Does you child fit into this category?
As a parent, with examinations approaching, you can comment on writing that is of poor quality and barely legible.
Try to work together to help your child develop a style that does not deteriorate under pressure of speed.
You can also discus the need for speed if the writing is of an acceptable quality but is produced excessively slowly.
Reiterate the need for a good sitting posture. An eleven plus examination can last for some time.
Angle the paper according to handedness.
Encourage your left handed child to take especial care with the organisation of the examination papers of his or her desk.
If your loved one is stuck for something to write about, why not suggest a thank you to mum and dad letter?
Dear Mum and Dad
Thank you for giving me such a wonderful Christmas. The best part for me was that you did not talk about the eleven plus examinations on Christmas day.
I do appreciate the two books you gave me to read. I was very grateful not be given any eleven plus papers this year.
As you know I am your second child. I know that you really love >>>>> better than me but, next year, please can I also have a +++++ and a ******?
Your loving child