Rant on manners

Jessica - posted on 08/24/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a small daycare in my home and I can't stand parents who don't teach their kids common courtesy or manners. I think kids should know how to say "please" and "thank you". I don't expect a whole lot, but come on! Am I wrong to think that manners are still important?

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Jayce - posted on 08/24/2011

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Nope, you're not wrong. My SIL is amazed at how polite he is, he's more polite than her kids. (my guy is 3, her's are 5 and 7). But hubby and I made sure we taught him his manners, make sure he uses them and we make sure we use our manners when dealing with him.

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Jessica - posted on 08/25/2011

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my daughter is 2 and has been saying please and thank you for about 6 months now. And my son has great manners too. I watch my brother's 2 kids and they are awful. No manners at all. My neice is 5 and will say thank you or please if I make her, but my nephew, who is almost 3, barely speaks (that's another story!). It's very frustrating sometimes to have to deal with kids when their parents don't even try to teach them anything. The other kids I watch are great - you can tell their is a lot of time spent with their parents. I just wish my brother and his wife would understand that manners are important to teach young, and it's not the babysitter's job or the teacher's job to teach what the parents should be doing. We can reinforce, but parents should be doing it too.

Stifler's - posted on 08/24/2011

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No but kids are just learning how to behave sometimes they need reminding about please and thank you and inside voice :)

Jurnee - posted on 08/24/2011

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No, you're not wrong. Simple manners go a long way in life and if you teach them when they're young it just becomes second nature to them. Its really not hard to teach, if you say please and thank you, and use good manners. the kids will usually just pick up on it. I used to work in a preschool and we always used good manners when speaking to our kids and encouraged them to do the same. If theyre not learning it at home, they have to learn it somewhere.

Carolee - posted on 08/24/2011

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And I made sure one of Corbin's first words was "please" and Lynn's was "thank you". My sister's niece and nephew are completely without manners, and that's why I make sure my kids know their manners.

Shannintipton - posted on 08/24/2011

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No you are not wrong. There is a lot more they can learn besides please and thank you but that is a great start. The neighbor boy is trouble and he fools you with his perfect manners. He is just a well mannered bad boy. That is better than just a bad boy. ha ha. What I am trying to say is even bad kids can learn manners. So teach them. ha ha

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