Every Monday, I share a family happiness tip — something that works for our family, that you may want to try with your own.

This week’s tip is: remember to say “please” and “thank you.” These days, courtesy isn’t so common anymore. It’s essential to explain to your kids the importance of using respectful language, and also teach them basic politeness tenets like looking others in the eye and extending a hand to shake. Model these behaviors yourself in public and at home, and praise your kids when you see them following your lead.

More than once, I’ve had store clerks, restaurant servers and teacher tell me how unusual it is that my kids use good manners and treat others politely. To me, that’s bittersweet. I’m proud of my boys, but I’m also sad that polite behavior seems to be the exception rather than the norm. Remember: treating others with dignity and respect doesn’t cost anything — and its rewards are manifold.

How bout you? Are you a stickler for “please” and “thank you”?

One Response to “Using Please & Thank You”

  1. illysia says:

    My kids usually forget to say “please” and “thank you” even though I’m a stickler about it. I clear my throat and then they remember. But, I feel like it’s a Pavlov’s dog effect and they don’t even think about it until I clear my throat!

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