But let's face it. Teenage girls are not known for their gratitude.
It's not that they're UNgrateful! In fact, I've learned to accept it as a very sincere compliment when they think on their way out the door to turn and call out, "Thanks! This was, like, so fun!"
It's just that they rarely go out of their way to say:
"Hey, Sister Justrandi, thank-you so much for the hours and hours you spent on that great activity! I just wanted you to know that it really made me think about my relationship with the Savior. I also noticed that you coordinated the invitations and the centerpieces to fit the theme. That must have been a lot of work, and I really appreciate it."
And I don't really even expect that.
There IS one family in our ward, however, that tries to teach their daughters (and sons) to say thanks, and then one other thing when they leave an event, whether it's a church activity or a birthday party, or a dinner with a friend.
And can I just tell you there is nothing that warms my heart faster than to hear
"Thanks, Sister Justrandi! And I really liked those chocolate pretzels you made."Just say SOMETHING. It's good for them to make a point to notice efforts of others. And it's really good for me to hear it sometimes. I mean, I'll run that program the best way I can, whether anyone's grateful or not. But boy, it sure seems easier when I think maybe someone noticed at least a little piece of my work.
(or whatever they honestly liked.)
Those kids are cultivating some serious people skills, all because their parents taught them to do so. If this is something you're teaching your kids, may I just say -