I'm always learning good tricks from my sisters. My sister Miriam showed me a great solution to a problem that I'd been having re. making Harry get onto some thank-you cards: a meet-them-halfway approach. Here is a great birthday card she sent using pictures pirated from her children's doodlings.
See, I'd turned into a bit of a nag about this thank-you card thing. Harry got very generous and thoughtful presents for his birthday, and I really wanted him to send a thank-you card to people that he couldn't thank in person.
But in reality, it's quite a big ask for a 5-year-old to down-toys and make a heap of cards after the birthday has been and gone. It's a lot of work, and there are toys to be played with and trees to climb. I'm not going to stand over him and force him to do it, and I don't want to do it instead, because that defeats the purpose. Sharing the job is a perfect solution, but oddly enough, it just hadn't occurred to me.
Taking my cue from Miriam's birthday card, I ransacked Harry's artwork and then set about making some cards with it.
We chatted about each present, and I wrote what he said inside each card.