And one of Emily who stayed inside with me (I am too tired today to get her all dressed up only to have her come inside whining 2 minutes later) Plus Puppy is inside getting a bath via the washing machine and Emily has to closely supervise that process.
Can someone explain to me how my just-barely-2 year old daughter has better manners than my almost 6 year old son? I’m not kidding you. Emily says “please” and “thank you” and even “I’m sorry” quite often without us having to remind her. We still have to remind Nathan on a regular basis and it’s not like we just started working on this last year. We’ve been teaching him these things ever since he was 1! I’m hoping one of these days, Nathan will realize that it’s good manners and not just something Mom & Dad like to nag him about. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get this into his head? Because it’s getting frustrating. I’ve started taking things away if he doesn’t remember to say “thank you.” Ex: this morning, I made cookies & gave each of the kids a beater to lick. Emily very sweetly said “Thank you, Mommy!” while Nathan took his and walked off without a word to me. I waited a minute, but still no “thank you” so I took it back and told him that he had lost it because he couldn’t remember his good manners. I do this here and there and it does work, but only for a short time. Like this afternoon, Nathan remembered to say thank you when I gave the kids a snack and he’ll probably be good about it the rest of the afternoon, but tomorrow? I don’t know. I guess I have to continue to be consistent… I don’t know.
Here’s a cute Emily story:
The other day, I was sitting on the couch and working on some knitting (with my Knifty Knitter set – love that thing!) Emily (as usual) had to sit right next to me. Now that’s not a problem, I’m used to my little girl always being there, but this particular day, she kept squirming around and elbowing and kneeing me right in my tummy. Which is NOT comfortable, especially being that I’m 16 weeks pregnant. I kept asking her to stop and told her she was hurting Mommy. She would, but then do it right up again. I finally made her get off the couch and she instantly began crying and whining – typically dramatic Emily. I made her sit in her chair for a little time out and she continue to cry and whine (while sitting obediently though) for 2-3 minutes. Then all of a sudden, she stopped crying and turned to me “Mommy, I sorry I gave you boo-boo.” Clear as day, with no prompting from me. I was so surprised and happy with her. Isn’t that sweet?