One thing that I absolutely do not want to have is rude kids. I have tried to make manners a priority in things that I teach my children – table manners in particular. Every day, three times a day, my three year old learns how to properly use a napkin, how to ask politely for items to be passed, how to politely sit quietly (we are working especially on how to properly handle bodily functions such as-dare I say it- farting and burping at the table), and most importantly, how to ask to be excused from the table. Evelyn is introduced to these things but obviously not expected to follow social rules at age one.
Over the weekend, we were visiting the in-laws. We had a nice dinner in the dining room. Jonah announced he was “all done.” I said to him, “What do you need to ask me when you are done with your dinner?” This is our moment to shine, I thought. I am going to look like such a great mom, with such a well mannered young man!
His response: “MAAAAY I PWEASE BE SCOOOOOOOOSED??? BUUUUUUUUUURP!” It was the biggest most atrocious burp I have ever heard come out of such a tiny person.
We’ll keep working on it….