Do you get excited when you see or hear a child using good manners? I am thankful that many parents teach their children manners, but sometimes it seems like an outdated concept.
In trying to develop mannerly responses in our own daughters, I’ve come up with at least five phrases I want them to be in the habit of using.
1. Excuse me. Of all five phrases, this is the one I rarely hear. I find we use this most often when we’re in the grocery store and have to walk in front of another customer who’s perusing a shelf. If our children must walk between two people who are talking (which should be avoided if possible), I expect them to say “excuse me. Also, if it’s absolutely necessary to interrupt two people who are talking, we would use this phrase.
2. Thank you. This one is still fairly common, but can never be overused. Our children should use this not only when they’ve been given something, but also if someone has taken them on an outing or hosted them at a party or in their home. I know that it takes practice and many parental reminders in the beginning, but it’s rewarding when they finally get in the habit of saying “thank you” on their own!
3. You’re welcome. This is just nice to say when someone has thanked you for what you’ve done. Or, you can mimic Chick-fil-a and say “my pleasure” instead!
4. Please. Any time a child is asking for something, it’s good to say “please.” Like saying “thank you,” parents have to reinforce this one repeatedly when their child is young.
5. Bless You. I don’t know if this is just a southern thing or not, but I was always taught to say this when someone sneezes and I still think it’s a polite thing to do!
Do you have any other phrases that we should add to the list?