I am a HUGE believer, and I mean big arse HUGE, on using manners all the time. And that goes for teaching my kid to use his manners….. ALL THE TIME.
Okay, my kid is two. So I understand he is not going to volunteer his time to the community, or open doors for his chicky babe friends, or help little old ladies with their shopping…..but I will be damned if he doesn’t say please when he wants something; thank you when he gets it; excuses himself when he needs to; plus looks you in the eye whilst he is talking to you!
YEAH OF COURSE I have to bloody remind him to do this, but definitely not as much as I used to….Why? Because I have instilled it into his brain that it is common nature to use his manners!!
I know a lot of parents out there won’t start teaching their kids manners (or if at all) until they are a bit older….well good luck there honey, it will take you a hell of a lot longer for them to catch on now! I started teaching Reeve when he was only a few months old…..just call me the MANNERS NATZI!!
Whatever. I don’t care….because my kid uses his manners pretty much all the time now, and without me prompting him every single time.
Not sure about every parent out there but I don’t want to raise a child who has no respect for others, plus has got such a big ego that he can’t mutter a simple please or thank you. I am well aware that my kid and his manners will always reflect back on ME and his Dad…the ones who brought him up….so please don’t make us look bad child!
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Yeah I laugh at fart noises too and think it’s hilarious when my 2 year old chuckles when he has done a ‘bumbum’ (god knows where he learnt that expression), but once we have had our belly laugh, he always says ‘Pardon me’. Bless all that hard work of reminding him….it’s finally paid off!
I experienced a bad manners episode just the other day. No, it wasn’t from a child, it was from a fully grown human being. He was supposed to come around and quote me on some outside house maintenance, but when I rang him a week later to ask him why he hasn’t been around yet his response was……
‘Oh yeah, I forgot‘…..
Pardon me? I thought I heard wrong, but no, I heard right. I did pause to give him the chance to explain, but I got nothing.
There was no, ‘Sorry’.
There was no, ‘I’m so embarrassed. I will come right over and quote you now’.
There was not one hint of respect in his voice. Nope. There was just a shitty and sad excuse…..’I forgot’.
Even lie to me if you have to, but don’t say you forgot and act like I am an inconvenience to your, I assume, unsuccessful and failing business.
Yes, I know this isn’t surprising…a lot of adults are crap at manners, but I wonder if it was because they were never taught properly in the first place? Or maybe it’s because they have had a sucky life and just can’t be bothered anymore. Or maybe it’s because they never had the MANNERS NATZI, (a.k.a. – me), to hound them.
Look, I get it. Kids forget to use their p’s & q’s every now and then, but I will bet you anything that you will be able to tell the difference between a kid that forgets occasionally, and a kid that is just a rude brat and hasn’t been taught.
My little boy never stops running, laughing, screaming and making his Mumma go a bit loopy sometimes (43 times a day, give or take a few)….but at least he is on the road to having some respect for the human race. Please, please try and do the same with your kids as I really don’t want my kid growing up in a world of twits that can’t talk properly or that don’t have respect for others. Thanks in advance.
Now that MY. RANT. IS OVER, what does my lovely audience think about kids and manners? Do you think manners needs to be instilled constantly into your little ones, or do you think it comes naturally? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below :).