Hospitality & Manners, Use Your Words

Magic Words

Manners are a big thing at the House of Antique. I happen to think that good manners and a well written thank you note can take you a long way in life. Consequently, I have made a considerable effort toward teaching Sean the basics and he is pretty good about saying “please” and “thank you”.

Just this morning as I handed him his sippy cup of milk he said, “Thank ya’ Mommy” like a little cowboy and my heart swelled with pride. And then I pulled his tiny index finger out of his nose and he wiped it on my shirt. We are still working on the not wiping boogers on other people part of manners.

So later today, when I heard him in another room rummaging around, I intuitively knew he was up to no good and I called to him to come. No response. “Sean, I need you to come here right now. I need to talk to you.” No response. “Sean if I have to come and get you, you will get a time out. Do you want a time out?”

And that’s when he pops his head around the corner, all smiles and dimples and says, “No thank you Mommy! I’m still playing.”

It’s really hard to give a time out to someone with good manners. Which only proves they really are magic words.

5 thoughts on “Magic Words

  1. You’re my hero. It’s not easy, teaching manners, but it’s certainly worth it! I was recommended for a full tuition scholarship to college — which I ended up getting — based on my telephone manners. You give me hope for the world! (Well, because of the manners thing, and because I’m 40 and newly married and hoping to have a kid!)

    Thank you!

  2. There is a rumor going round that I am a manner-nazi and, quite frankly, it’s true. I am trying to teach my kids that with good manners and a polite attitude, you will be welcome anywhere and can do anything with confidence.

  3. Manners are the social grease that keeps those wheels from grinding and binding. I love to hear a lisped “p’eez” and “tank-oo” from a small child. Quite makes my day. And yes, they are indeed “magic” words!

  4. So true. Manners are very important in our house, too. It surprises me how many parents don’t seem to teach or at least practice saying “thank you” in my daughter’s school.

  5. Manners are very important with us as well. Holly *loves* using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and it sounds so cute – sooo beautiful – whenever a little “tank you Mummy” comes out of her mouth! The best thing is, she is such a good influence on the adults around her who aren’t very nice-mannered. Amazing that what a 2 1/2 year old can achieve!!!

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