Momma, he is so large, she says to me, to herself, to him, to no one and all of us at the same time, but not nearly as large as the shame-hole I just fell face-first into, kid, I whisper silently, a prayer for either forgiveness or forgetfulness, though I am not sure which would have been preferable....more
Recently, a parenting expert declared, with great authority, that parents who want their children to comply with directives (such as clean your room or take out the trash) must refrain from using the magic words “please” and “thank you.” Apparently, using such niceties confuses children, who do not understand that they are being given a command, and thus conclude that complying is optional....more
by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com
Most of us parents try to instill some form of manners in our children from a young age. "What are the magic words," goes the refrain. We may force and threaten from time to time, depending on their mood and ours, but most kids understand that 'please' and 'thank you' are important. Use of these words is usually enforced and reinforced in schools, with the hope that one day they will become automatic.
I've never been fond of the word "nice". It always seemed such a pasty little word. But lately I am starting to notice with sadness the erosion of "nice" in our everyday world. You know what I mean -- things like civility, courtesy, respect, people saying thank you, doors held open, a wave of the hand when letting someone get in the traffic lane, thank you notes, signs of appreciation, helping hands. We are all so distracted by our cell phones, our careers, our over-burdened schedules, that we have started to value the slickness of efficiency (uninterrupted action) as an ideal.
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