Hey fellow mums and dads, I know it’s a crazy life, I know we’re all busy but manners are still important, ok?
It seems that for some parents, teaching your child common manners has dropped significantly down on the priority list.
Of course I’m talking about saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. That’s the basics. But I’m also talking about table manners, social graces, generally just saying to the rest of the people living around you ‘Hey! I’m not a dick!”
I think I’ve lost track of the number of kids I’ve seen snatch an object from the hands of an adult while mum stands there, no plans to prompt a thank you or pull the child up on their rudeness.
Do they think that their child is cute, they can get away with it? Let me tell you something. No one thinks your child is as cute as you do and where you see cute, other people see brat.
Maybe it’s just me who gets put off by seeing someone holding their knife and fork like battle weapons, stabbing their food with thumbs pointed to the roof. Perhaps I’m the only one dry retching when someone makes a disgusting snorting noise at the table, letting us all know of the contents of their sinuses. I’m guessing it’s also just me wondering if a bathroom might be a better choice of location for picking the leftover food out of your teeth?
Was there a public vote that I missed which said we no longer let people inside a lift out before we push our way in? Maybe it was the same one that said we don’t need to tell our children to chew quietly and finish their mouthful before speaking.
Please mums and dads, teach your children patience. Don’t let them continually interrupt a conversation and if they do need your attention, a simple ‘excuse me’ acknowledges the impact they’re had. It's really not that hard.
Manners are a choice. They are a choice that we make about how we want to behave with other people, how we want to represent ourselves. They say so much about us as individuals and yet they cost nothing. Manners are progressive and positive and speak volumes. They are quite simply a way of being polite, civil and respectful.