Kids have a lot to learn while they’re growing up, I get that. But there’s one thing that parents can’t skimp on teaching: Manners!
My family recently took a trip to Florida, and I was shocked by the lack of simple, common courtesies by children and adults alike! For example: Waiting to get on the elevator until everyone’s gotten off, waiting your turn in line and a thank you where appropriate.
Let me do a disclaimer: My kids are certainly NOT perfect, nor am I a perfect parent/person. But they SEE me practicing good manners and HEAR me telling them to do the same all of the time.
When I see parents modeling bad/rude/disrespectful behavior in front of their kids, I just want to go through the roof! How do their kids stand a chance?
We all have to live here together. How about we not make it a teeth grinding experience?
Lynda is the mom of three and co-anchor of the WRAL-TV morning news on Fox 50. Find her here on Thursdays and on Facebook.