I wanted to take a week off from my How I Do It series to post a Monday Manners, since I haven’t written one in almost a year.
With all the craziness of raising four kids, and trying to fit everything into each day, I don’t think manners should be left by the way side. Trust me, I know it can seem easier to ignore the rude actions, talking back, etc. sometimes, because we as parents have other things to focus on, at that very moment, but sometimes these are the things that can be corrected quickly. While a child yelling or hitting must be reprimanded immediately, so that they understand their wrongdoing and accept their consequences, bad manners can too. A simple, “What did you say?” when they respond with “Yah” or “Uh-Huh” instead of “Yes” or “Yes, Ma’am” can make all the difference. The more it’s practiced, the sooner it clicks. I feel like this is the same with “Please” and “Thank you.” Repetition works. Correct them every time, and they’ll start getting the hang of it. And boy, does it make the world of a difference, from young children, all the way into adulthood. I guarantee you a “Yes, Sir” sounds a whole lot better in an interview, than an “Uh-Huh.” Side Note: I will say, being a Southerner, I always thought that responding with “Yes, Ma’am” was a very proper way to answer a question. Little did I know, that many Northerners feel like someone is being a smart#?* or sarcastic when they respond with a “Yes, Maaam.” Oh well, I guess that’s a North vs. South difference. I hadn’t even thought of it, until one of my friends from Connecticut explained it to me.