Do you teach your children to say “Yes Ma’am” and “No Sir?”
Kris and I are strong believers in our children responding to adults in this manner. I’m learning rather quickly that this form of respect that I grew up practicing is not shared by all other parents.
One mom told me after hearing me correct John Henry on “Yes Ma’am” that such manners were a southern practice. Are they really? As a matter of fact, most of the students in John Henry’s class use a simple “Yes” and “No” when responding to their teacher…..most, save John Henry.
I feel that when my children use good manners, they not only exhibit courtesy to others, but they also become aware of their own behavior.
“Excuse me.” They have been taught to say this to adults as well as their peers. It is important that they learn to respect other human beings.
“May I be excused?” My children never get down from the table without first asking this question. EVER.
So, am I trying to practice a lost art or are such manners central to various parts of the country?
I just have to know.
What do you teach your children?
“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use.” – Emily Post