Okay, I'm not going to say much about Kanye's issue last night at the VMA. I didn't watch the award show and frankly, he's not worth me doing a blog post about him.
But, I did think about how obviously, he needed to learn some manners. In fact, there are too many kids walking around without the thought of having or using manners. It's like having manners is uncool.
When I was a kid, manners was like part of the basic food groups. You either had it or you suffered the consequences.
Here's an idea of how my parents taught us:
1) Always say excuse me when walking in front of a person (like in a movie theater, church or grocery store).
2) Eat what's on your plate before you ask for seconds.
3) If you don't like what is on your plate, tough, you eat it anyway and you don't get down from the table until it's gone.
4) Ask to be excused once you have finished eating.
5) Never get into an adult conversation. When grownups are talking, even repeating what they are talking about is not acceptable.
6) Sassy mouths get a sore behind. When asked to do something, the answer is, "Yes, ma'am or sir" and not "why?"
7) Open the door for others.
8) Never cough or sneeze without putting your hand over your mouth.
9) Always show gratitude and say thank you, even if it's for something that you don't like.
10) If you need to interrupt a conversation between adults, make sure it's for a good reason, like the toilet is overflowing. If so, then wait until you are acknowledged and say, "Excuse me".
11) Always thank the birthday girl or boy for inviting you to their party. If it's your party, say thank you for coming to celebrate.
12) No burping or belching or picking your nose or rubbing your nose or farting at the table. Excuse yourself to the bathroom or burp quietly.
13) Use inside voices. Talk only as loud as every ear can hear.
14) Help others.
15) Never laugh at anyone's misfortunes.
16) Don't push or cut in line.
Maybe that's totally old fashioned but that's honestly the way we were raised. The funny thing is that Boo was also raised that way and it's sweet that he always opens my car door for me or will ask, "Is there anything I can get you?" "Can I help you in the kitchen?"
Sometimes, I think that kids are given too much of a voice without allowing them to listen to others.
What do you think?
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