Tamy over at 3 Sides Of Crazy has started a weekly feature to share common courtesy and etiquette tips. Each week has a different theme, this week is Every Day Manners.
She asks: How were you taught everyday manners? How should manners be introduced in everyday life? At what point do you insist on good manners from children?
I'm sure you'd call it being taught, but manners were just expected. Please, thank you, excuse me... being polite was just a given growing up.
I can't remember the last time I heard a child asking if they may be excused from the table. Obviously it all has to start at home, but beyond that as well I think it's every adults responsibility to set a good example for children to follow. I also think it's the responsibility of the media to show better manners on television as well. I think back to how many times I've watched kids on tv shows get up from the table and storm out of the room and the parents do nothing. Yes, it's for drama and effect, but it's not setting a good example. Growing up, that was NOT an option. What message is it sending to the kids watching?