I am a drill sergeant when it comes to good manners. As a result, I have been told on many occasions that my children are very polite. I always breathe a sigh of relief when I hear this.
The question is why is this important to me? With all of the demands we place on children-homework that starts in kindergarten, multiple sporting events, dance, etc. why do I add one more thing to “the list.” It is critical to children grasping the concept that rules govern our society. In my mind saying please and thank you is just as important as stopping at a red light.
I try my best to model good manners. I compliment children who use good manners whenever possible to reinforce the importance of these skills. I think this helps every generation adopt a model of graciousness and kindness.
So on the eve of Thanksgiving, compliment the little people in your life for any sign of good manners. The positive reinforcement will be worth the effort!
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