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Thread: Courtesy & good manners: lost arts?

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    Senior Member ShabbyTabby's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Sorry, were you talking to me? I didn't catch it because I was texting on my smartphone while simultaneously checking the browser for the weather in Phuket while changing lanes without a blinker while driving 80mph on the interstate. Why? Because I can.
    :roll: :roll::roll::roll::roll::roll:
    I'm sure you are saying this with tongue in cheek.

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    I was taught yes mam/sir, but teachers here have discouraged it now. The other thing is calling their elders by their first name. And we wonder why kids don't have respect. They are also given so much that have little to look forward to.

    Clinton said "I guess because I could" when Oprah asked him about his dilly-dally behavior. As one other poster, it doesn't mean it is right.

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    I work in a high school and next year we are having a big campaign called PBIS (positive behavior incentive and support) It's a NATIONAL program to teach students how to behave. When they are polite, act respectively, etc. we're to reward them. Give me a break, they should have been taught these things when they were 3 years old! We are definatly a ME country. It shows elsewhere in our society.

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    All my children & grandchildren say yes mam & yes sir. Thank you & please. I was brought up this way & have done the same with my children. Last month we went on vacation with friends from California & North Dakota. The guys from California nearly passed out when my 12 year old grandson said yes sir to them. They were totally shocked & impressed all the same. The ND kids were very polite too. Not ragging on CA kids but friends said they didn't hear it often enough there.

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    I'm glad to see that someone else has a problem with being called Miss First Name instead of Mrs Last Name. It seems everyone wants to call you by your first name from your doctor's appointment secretary to the stranger on the telephone who should be helping you settle an incorrect account or, heaven forbid, even the person trying to sell you something in a solicitation call.

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    Before I retired from teaching in inner city public school, my students would come and TELL me they FORGOT their pencil. (It was almost always the same students). I kept extra pencils for that reason. I would always say to them, "What are the magic words"? And then they would say. "May I have a pencil, please, Mrs..."? By the end of the semester/year, they got it!!
    It's a matter of teaching in a kind way and setting examples and doing them yourself. IMHO.. That is only one of the many examples of manners/civility I tried to teach to my students; some who lived on the streets or were greatly neglected by parents and had few role models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soniboo
    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchit123
    The real sad thing is they learn this behavior from their parents I live in a 'Mobile Home Park' I hear parents using the F word while screaming at their kids daily.Last night(after midnight) we were sitting out on the porch and some so called mother is screaming at her 6ish son to get his F-n *ss in the house and this kid screams back Shut the F up B***h I was in shock but my brother said You Reap what you Sow-- I just wanted to go wash both of their mouths out with soap or call Childrens Services I talked to the park manager about it today and she said she's called CS about several incidents and they say there is nothing they can do about these kind of complaints.To me this IS child abuse But apparently not by todays standards..Its getting sadder all the time :cry:
    That is just so wrong, that poor child. Some people should never have the responsibility of children. :(
    We had to go thru a rigorous check before we could adopt a dog from the Humane Society with surprise drop in checks to make sure Brewster was being taken care of- but any one can have a child without anyone making sure the baby is being taken care of

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helovesme
    "Because I can" is the mentality of many many people nowadays. However, just because you CAN doesn't mean you have the right - the right to endanger MY life while driving on the same freeway. Go ahead and endanger your own on an empty freeway somewhere. You're right Hen3rietta - what happen to common courtesy?
    I hope MTS was kidding!!!!

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    I lived in south Texas for several years, and picked up the yes maam, no maam, yes sir, no sir, habit. Now that I live in Oregon, people look at me funny and ask where I am from! Duh, Oregon!

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    I have often reflected on this. I have even found that there are some forums that I cannot stay with because of this problem. I honestly feel, that the beginning of the "generation of rude and unfeeling people" started with the change in entertainment. We use to see family shows where love and respect were the piviting point of the theme. Now it's how funny can you be by showing rudness and it has branched out to terrible bullying. I once told a friend that this is not a sit-com that I will show up in next week and pretend as though last weeks meaness never happened. Hope I didn't sound off too strongly here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharBear
    I think that parents need to be PARENTS - they are so busy trying to be best friends with their children that they fail to teach them right from wrong or good manners.

    Have told my two that there will be plenty of time in their lives for us to become adult friends - but for now - I'm your MOTHER and it's my job to teach you what you need to know.
    Exactly!

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    Unfortunately I have a teen granddaug just like that. I sent her a sizeable check for the HS graduation the end of May. No thank you either writter or oral. So when her birthday rolled around the end of June I wrote in her card, since she didn't bother to thank me for the grad gift, I didn't feel inclinded to send her any money for her B-day. She sent me a text saying she hadn't sent out any thank you's as she'd been too "busy".

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    Down everybody. Down. we are just quilters and have a love for our craft that we love to share.
    hugs everyone (()). :roll:

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    There really is a Phucket in Thailand.

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    I just had an out-of-state visitor and she burped at the table. No comment was made. Then my 7 yr old grandson calmly said, "This may be your first day here (name) but when we burp at the table, we say excuse me." He then put his fork down, put his hands on his lap and said, "So we'll just wait for you."

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    As an Update, you might want to check this out.
    http://www.phuket.com/island/weather.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorraine43
    Quote Originally Posted by Helovesme
    "Because I can" is the mentality of many many people nowadays. However, just because you CAN doesn't mean you have the right - the right to endanger MY life while driving on the same freeway. Go ahead and endanger your own on an empty freeway somewhere. You're right Hen3rietta - what happen to common courtesy?
    I hope MTS was kidding!!!! She didn't sound like a quilter. :cry: :cry:
    of course she was kidding. ;-)

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    how ironic.

    a topic about manners that ended up shot throught with petty arguments and nasty accusations.

    edited and now locked.

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