Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Book Review: When You Say “Thank You,” Mean It, by Mary O’Donohue

When You Say "Thank You," Mean It: And 11 Other Lessons for Instilling Lifelong Values In Your Children
One of my biggest fears as a mom is that my daughter is going to be one of those disrespectful teenagers who walks the malls on a Friday night, making fun of people and not holding the door open for the elderly. It seems to me like so many kids these days have no respect for their elders, do not use manners, and get whatever they want at any given time. So, I was very excited to read When You Say “Thank You,” Mean It: And 11 Other Lessons for Instilling Lifelong Values in Your Children, by Mary O’Donohue. It’s about teaching your children values, which include Gratitude, Self-Respect (a good one for girls), Compassion, Commitment and eight more important lessons of life. I loved it, and I can’t wait to get through all of them with Sadie.

It’s not just about saying “thank you.” It’s about saying it, appreciating it, loving it, and expressing it, but really MEANING it! The book is sectioned into months from 1-12. You take a value each month, read about it and participate in different activities that are fun, yet educational. Hopefully, when the moment arises, your kids will think back and say, “Oh, yeah, this is what we learned about Forgiveness (or Inner Strength, etc.).”

When You Say “Thank You,” Mean It is a well-written book that I will keep close by my side and preach to Sadie and her future brothers and sisters. After reading the book, I breathed a big sigh of relief and told myself, “It’s gonna be okay ... she will be okay.”

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary product sample was provided for this review. No financial compensation was received. The Amazon affiliate links on this page belong to the blog owner.


  1. Thank you so much for your review! I am so delighted when parents tell me that my book is helpful to them. You made my day!
    Mary O'Donohue

  2. Anonymous9:30 AM

    I read this book too and so far have done the Gratitude exercises with my kids. It's been great. Mary did a great job with this book and I hope it gets into the hands of many, many more parents. - Julie Z. Rosenberg


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