Cate is “napping” in her room and I’m assuming she’s looking out the window because I hear her in there begging for a, “flower, please!” She can see several different gardens from her bedroom window.
Cate has really picked up on manners recently. She says “thank you” almost all the time, and her use of “please” has really increased. Actually, she says “say please” as in, “Some more milk Mommy? Say please?” I guess she’s parroting our reminders.
She has also gotten really good at saying “ma’am” and “sir”. I’ve been pushing her to say “yes ma’am” instead of “ok” when she is asked a question. She’ll tell me “yes ma’am, Mommy.”
Why don’t people teach their children these things? Like, for instance, I can’t stand when a child refers to an adult by their first name alone. I think it’s rude and disrespectful. “Miss Erica” is acceptable, as would be “Mrs. McMillian”, though that sounds a bit formal to me in most settings. (My mom tells me that referring to someone as Miss or Mr. first name is not common in other places) Cate may slip up on calling someone “Miss” but it never goes without correction.
This focus on manners has taken a bit of a comedic turn. This morning she kept requesting something of me by saying, “Please? Say please. Mommy? Please?” but she never told me what it was that she wanted. After the tantrum she threw when she couldn’t get her point across, I figured out she wanted playdough. If only she’d said that…
It’s great that Cate as taken to this way of behaving. Do I love that I’m not after her to all the time to be polite? Yes ma’am.