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Grown-up gratitude

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Every parent has been through it. As your child gets bigger and learns to talk, it becomes time for her or him to learn to say "thank you." So Mom and Dad gently urge their toddler to thank Grandma for the birthday present, and everybody gets a kick out of her young tongue stumbling over the words. As the child grows older, the gentle urging becomes pestering, as her parents hope that at the birthday party, she won't simply grab the present from her friend at the door and tear off the wrapping paper. "Say 'thank you,' " you nag; and she mumbles a
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