The Meanest Mom: Want to help your child get in good with his friend/teacher/grandparent/distant uncle? Encourage him/her to do something that no one else does: write thank you notes for the holiday gifts he/she received this year.
"What?" you say incredulously.
I know it's a foreign concept, but stay with me:
We live in a society of entitlement. Our children have grown up in a culture that has taught them that they not only deserve gifts (not only for holidays and birthdays, but also for simply 'being special') but that it is privilege and honor for people to give them things. Heartfelt appreciation for simple acts of thoughtfulness is, sadly, becoming a thing of the past. These days, gift givers are lucky if they get anything more than a perfunctory "thanks" for their generosity, and way too many don't even get that.
Writing a thank you note (or drawing a picture if your child is too young to write) is a simple but effective way for your child to demonstrate his/her appreciation for the generosity extended to him/her by others. Just because no one else writes thank you notes doesn't mean that it's okay for your child not to either.