Posts Tagged ‘table manners’

A Lesson In Manners

Friday, October 7th, 2011 by by

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….

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Oh, Boy

Monday, February 28th, 2011 by by


“Dad? May I have that cupcake?”

“Eat five more bites of broccoli, please.”

“I did it! Give me the cupcake right now! Now!”

“Wow. What are we teaching you?”

“You’re teaching me to have sugar.”

Am I Expecting Too Much?

Sunday, October 17th, 2010 by by

I know that I have very high expectations of my boys with regard to behavior. I know that they are too high, but yet, I can’t help myself. I have come to terms with the behavior in church and know they will not be able to just sit and listen until it’s time to leave. I don’t like it, but so many people in church say they don’t mind, so both Jay and I have relaxed a bit (not completely, but a bit). I understand they are young children with TONS (and I mean TONS) of energy, so it’s hard for them when we go places to not be silly, act up a little, and so on – however, I do keep tabs on them and make sure they don’t get too out of control. It’s hard sometimes, because Troy is a follower, so if there is someone else doing something, even if he doesn’t know them, he’ll try it too. And then, of course, Will just follows whatever big brother is doing, and it just gets crazy! They are just 4 and 23 months after all.

However, I have to draw the line at the dinner table. We’ve been eating family meals since they were born. We sit at the table, chat, eat, and then move on. Lately, this has become miserable, mainly because Will tries to get a laugh and does something, then Troy encourages (or lately, instigates and gets Will going), and it gets out of hand. I have tried ignoring Will and getting Troy to ignore him, removing Will from the table for a bit and then trying again, and removing him from the table completely – nothing works. We’ve resorted to our yelling (because we get fed up and finally just snap), which we don’t really want to do, but I am not lying when I say nothing is working.

Finally, today at lunch, I had it. (more…)