I feel like manners are a bit a like taste – everyone thinks what they have is good. But in truth it’s much easier to overlook someone’s haircut, wallpaper choice or favourite movie, than it is to see past boorish behaviour, stingy thank yous and open-mouthed chewing.
It only takes walking out your front door or inviting the neighbourhood children in, and maybe a look at your own children (ugh, dinner time!) to realize that good manners are scarce.
Stacey Altamirano, a mom, wife and author of her eponymous blog wrote 25 Manners Every Kid Needs by Age 9 in June 2011. It clearly struck a nerve because nearly three years later it continues to make the rounds on the web.
Where have all the manners gone? Is it the job of parents to teach manners to our kids? Should it be an overt lesson or is teaching by example and hoping for transference the way to go? Is it more challenging for today’s parent to raise polite children in what appears to be a less polite society? Or is our society polite enough?
What’s your take?