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Thread: So proud of my Izabella

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    A child who has been taught to respect others will earn respect. So many time you hear from young thugs, " He/She didn't show me respect. I always wish I could face these people and tell them "you earn respect not demand it". I've also seen older people demand respect then wonder why it's not forthcoming.
    We taught our 3 daughters to have good manners and always consider others. I also told them the only job where you start at the top is digging a hole.
    We got many compliments on how well mannered they were, especially when they were in their teens. We must have done it right because all our grand children have beautiful manners.

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    Way to go mom, and yes manners are definately scarcer. Parents aren't spending the time it takes to teach their children. I was always so tickled when my son remembered his manners without being nudged (still am). It was amazing though how often I was told how "lucky" I was that he was polite. Did they think he was born that way. I wanted to tell people it wasn't luck, it was hard work (but that would have been rude).
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    Thank you all who have passed on manners as part of raising chidren. As a society, we have become so impersonal. If you do not (and I do not) go on facebook, you do not know what the family is doing. Even my oldest sister (77) is doing things that I have no idea of because of all this impersonal "communication". At my doctor's office yesterday, twice I got up and held the door for someone with a walker and they were surprised. That is sad. Manners are the way we connect with others, both friends and strangers.
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    That is wonderful, I am always happy when I meet someone with manners. Makes me wonder how so many people get through life without learning the basics.

    But there are times I am a little taken aback by the compliments.....I expected my son to behave with manners, it was not a "out of the ordinary" thing. Case in point, when he was 15, his fathers stepdad passed away. My son was one of the pall bearers. My ex-MIL called me to tell me that my son was very well behaved. I thanked her politely......but when I thought about it.....I was wondering why it would be such a shock. It was a funeral, a formal occasion, my son was taught to behave well and he was 15 not 5! I expected him to be that way. Oh well, in the end, just glad he presented himself well to that side of the family, they are ever so critical of my side.

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    When a young man opens or holds a door open for me I sometimes say "Thank you. Your Mom would be proud of you." I usually get a smile. I said this to one young man that held a door open for me and the woman he was with said "I am!" Way to go MOM!!

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    I take care of my nearly 3 yo DGD 5 days a week, and have since she came home from the NICU. Her parents and I have taught her to call neighbors and friends "Miss ----" or "Mr. ----" because I am not big on hearing a child call my 60 year old friends by their first names. She says please and thank you and excuse me very naturally. I do get a lot of nice comments when I am out in public with her. It takes work to teach manners, but frankly it's not that hard if it's something you value.
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    You are doing a great job and it shows! Be proud and keep up that wonderful parenting.
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    2 weeks the bus I got on was full of teenagers going to Alton Towers. Being over 60 I did expect at least 1 would have offered me a seat.
    This week same bus and conditions one boy did offer his seat. I polite ly said no as I enjoyed the ride for 2 stops holding on the front steadier as it felt like surfing the waves.
    He laughed I said it was fine as I was only goin across fields .
    There still are well mannered teenagers about.
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    Wonderful job April, more parents need to teach their childern manors, but so many of the yonger parents were not taught maners when they were growing up. And so many have no respect for others including their own parents, and no one to blame but their parents.
    It is the "ME" generations and it shows. Real pity for the kids.

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