Dear Straight Talk: Each year I give my niece and nephew an expensive gift of something they want or need, often including money. If I’m there, they say thank you but I’ve never once received a thank-you letter. I know young people are busy, but really? Too busy to spend 15 minutes? The kids are now 17 and 19. I’m disappointed that my brother and his wife never made them write thank-you letters. (I’ve not received email thank-yous either.) Though I’ve never complained, ingratitude is such a poor trait. Should I send them anything this year? — Aunt Maureen
Katie, 18, Auburn: The last time I wrote thank-yous, I was five and my parents forced me. Now I don’t have time, but I always make a point to call relatives to thank them. No “thank-you” whatsoever? That’s discouraging. I would stop buying them expensive gifts.
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