There is no such thing as a perfect parent. We just try the best we can to raise our children to be good people, polite, respectful and have good manners. (Or at least I do.)
For me though it’s not the kids lack of manners that has me shaking my head, it’s the adults these days. Honestly, if these are the people raising the next generation we are in some deep s**t!
It’s the simple things – the “yes ma’am, no ma’am” “yes sir, no sir” “please” “thank you” “you’re welcome”.
Today was different..
So each morning I take my son to daycare (yes, I stay at home with my daughter but I take my son to daycare. He has been going to daycare since he was 3 months old and when I lost my job I didn’t want to rock his whole world. He is very routine oriented. He will also be starting Kindergarten next year.) So in the mornings I have him, his backpack, and then the baby carrier. Most mornings people are polite and a lot of them will open the door for me to try to get through. Each time I always say thank you because, well, that is how I was raised. However there are mornings that I open the door for other people and their children. It’s not that I am doing the door holding that bothers me, what gets under my skin is that they don’t say thank you! Not only is it rude but that’s what they are teaching their children. That worries me!
I won’t lie, sometimes a bit of my passive aggressive side comes out and as they pass I have a mini conversation out loud. (Yes, a conversation with myself.)
“Thank you” (in one tone)
“Oh, you’re welcome” (in different tone)
Most of the time it goes right over their head and they just keep walking.. but it makes me feel a little better.
No, I don’t do this in front of my son. Usually this is when I am on my way out of the daycare. Or when I am different places during the week.
People please use some manners, be an example for your kids. They are like little sponges, and I promise they listen to you and watch what you do!