Kids mirror what they see. If you are aware that your bickering my be partly to blame, then it very possibly is. You and your husband have to work to be respectful of each other.
You should also be shining examples of good manners and proper behavior and start expecting those same behaviors from your child. Kids love to please their parents and want to be like them, so if you are saying please and thank you, listening attentively without interrupting, speaking in a calm and quiet tone, your kid will pick up on that and will begin to mirror those behaviors. And be sure to praise your kids when they behave properly.
at 7:28 AM on Dec. 12, 2010