Proud mother

Dear Queenie,

  I hear a lot of complaints about people not getting “thank you” notes for gifts they have given or sent. It seems people do not understand that they have to train their children to do this chore, just like all other tasks.

  When my children were small I would not let them wear or use or play with any gift until they had written – and sent – a “thank you” note, even just a short one. And after a certain amount of time, if the note had not been written and sent, the gift would be donated to a charity and my child would never see it again.

  Now they are raising their own children the same way.

  Queenie, what do you think of that?—Proud mother

Dear Mother,

  Good for you!

  And what a good idea for other parents to take heed of.