It’s a no brainer really! If you want your kids to have manners try using them yourself. This stems from an incident I had today. I was with my mate who is obviously pregnant; she was pushing a pram and holding her 2.5 year olds hand. You can imagine it was quite a balancing act. Don’t worry I was being helpful as well, I stopped to hold a gate open for her and this chavvy mum came storming through with her *ahem* charming children (future delinquents). She didn’t even make eye-contact, smile or say a simple thank you! If she wasn’t so scary looking I would have had a go at her.
I’m a real stickler for manners. My mother ingrained this into me from birth. Yes, I have a mouth like a trucker but…. I’m one of those annoying people who adds ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to the end of other peoples sentences. I don’t just do this for kids; I do it for adults as well. It drives my hubby insane. My ex used to get annoyed as well saying that it was ‘implied’. I’m sorry it’s not, it just takes a second to add a simple word.
It’s only ever happened once, but it was the best compliment I could have ever had as a mum ‘your daughter has such lovely manners!’ Job done!
If you’re stuck here are a few popular phrases!
Do you have any you can add?