I teach in a public elementary school and see all to often the lack of manners many children have. It could be something as simple as interrupting people talking to a total lack of respect! I think it is sad when a child who is polite stands out in a crowd for being one of the FEW who still has manners. I work very hard in my class helping the children understand how to be polite.
I also do the same with my son. Granted, he's a 10 year old boy and is often the "act before you think" kind of boy but for the most part has pretty good manners.
One thing that happened recently sticks out in my mind. I had stopped at a local coffee shop to get coffee to bring to Brittainy's. While there, I noticed that an elderly man was speaking to Tim (it's a small shop and no other people where there). Then I saw that Tim was helping him get up out of his seat. When I walked to them, the gentleman was telling Tim that he was shot in Germany during WWII and needed his cane to walk. Tim, then walked to the door to hold it open for him. The gentleman was happy to share his story and Tim was happy to listen.
I was proud of the kindness Tim showed that man, and the fact that he knows what the polite thing to do was without being asked. I always see him hold the door at school for people coming in and out of the building. He makes me proud. I wish more parents would install good manners in their children.
Christmas in NYC
4 months ago