When You Say “Thank You,” Mean It is the result of Mary O’Donohue’s real life experience as a busy mom trying to teach her children the importance of values.  As a mother of a then ten-year old son and five-year old daughter, Mary created a practical month-by-month guide that can work for any family. This unique system gets kids actively involved in 3 specific fun and meaningful exercises each month.  As the month unfolds, children begin to understand why specific virtues are important and how to live them. And by focusing on just one value a month, children have an opportunity to really explore what the value means to them. This isn’t a system designed to program kids to say rote “thank you’s.” Instead, it will teach children how to grow into respectful, polite, and ethical human beings.  By inspiring values such as integrity, compassion, and respect for others, this practical guide offers purposeful advice for raising joyful, thoughtful children–who can make a difference in the world.

Adams Media
Original edition
(October 18, 2010)
Paperback: 256 pages


WHEN YOU SAY ‘THANK YOU’, MEAN IT has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services by the Mom’s Choice Awards®.  A Gold Medal Recipient!

WHEN YOU SAY ‘THANK YOU’, MEAN IT has been named winner of the bronze medal award from the Character Building Counts Book Awards!