My daughter has been learning how far manners can take her. Pleading “Please please” has easily given her access to things otherwise forbidden after 8pm, like candy, chips or chocolate. The other day she bid me an “Excuse me” to clear a path to her shoes. She even greeted me “Good Morning” a couple of times before demanding her morning bottle. We’re still working on “Thank you.” For some reason, she’s pretty cheap with it, as if some things are not worthy of her thanks yet. I suspect she’s not as generous with thank you since she doesn’t receive anything from saying it while the others are her ticket to instant gratification– food, shoes, milk. I’ve been praising her when she begrudgingly says thank you or worse says it under her breath. Maybe that’s the mistake…Got any ideas on instilling a thank you habit? Would LOVE to hear your tips!
Anyway, I’ll take what I can get at this point. After being at her beck and call (read: slave) for nearly 2 years, it feels great to get some real respect from my toddler. And if I feel this charmed as a mother, what more a complete stranger. My daughter didn’t realize it at the time but when she walked by a recently concluded party that she was not invited to but asked politely for the balloon decorations, manners can mean something else– FREE STUFF!