Obviously, it's Manners Week here at Mad Life. A whole week chatting about manners. But why not? it's a biggie, one every single parent I know deals with: getting our little people to make it a habit, a way of life to carry good manners with them and use them. Like, all of the time, not just when reminded.
Now I'm going to sound really old: if I had a nickel every time, I prompted Kiddo with an "And what should you add to that request?" after she asks for something without "please" attached to it, I'd be rich...or at least have a wonderful new fall wardrobe. It's constant, this enforcing good manners thing.
Overall, Kiddo is pretty good, but there are a few bits we are still working on - some are new, as she's getting older and we are adding and expecting some more intricate manners. What's been poking up lately?
Talking to adults. Getting her more comfortable talking with and addressing adults the proper way has been a biggie in recent months. Answering questions with more than with a "Yes" or "No." Asking questions back to an adult we encounter in the elevator...you know, it's hard. But it is a good life skill, and good manners that she needs to know.
Asking where it is okay to eat. We spend lots of times at other people's apartments and often there are snacks consumed, juice boxes offered and so on. Where to eat to those snacks should be asked. Some folks have a "no food in the bedroom/living room" policy, while others are a "eat wherever" abode. Asking what is okay and waiting for others to receive their snacks are tough manners to remember in the middle of mega-playtime fun.
Having a proper handshake. Right, not quite a manner per se, but an action that often goes along for the ride when doing good manner-y things like introducing yourself or greeting people. Firm, but not too squeezey, how long to do it, and so on.
Are your kids good at talking to adults? How about that handshake? Have you ever shaken hands with someone who had a not-so-great handshake?