“A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I haven't been thinking much about manners in the past couple of months, but yesterday it struck me that some of the effort I'd been putting in was paying off. I noticed the girls asking me for things politely. Even better was when I overheard them asking each other nicely while playing. I've also heard Robotson use nicer tones when asking the girls to not do the things that bother him. Everyone is better at remembering to cough and sneeze into their elbows.
On the other hand, we've made no improvements on table manners or keeping voices down. In fact, I've done a very poor job of keeping up with Thank You cards from the birthdays and holidays. At least I'll have something to keep blogging about for a while.
So my main point for today is to remember to model the behavior. You can tell your kids how to act, but seeing etiquette in practice everyday is a greater benefit to everyone.