these kids are the cutest.
|jake & pig|
while we were catching up, liz jumped on a teachable moment with jake when the issue of manners came up.
"jake, what are manners?"
"manners are when you're nice to other people."
i know we all slip, and for those to whom manners are important, we try to regain our footing and try again. and again. b/c we're human. we're not perfect. but we have more chances.
however, this doesn't mean that we don't all need reminding. personally, i have two sisters who rarely miss an opportunity to tell me when i'm off base: being rude, judgemental, jealous, etc. for that and many other reasons, i am immensely grateful to have been one of three. but i know that not everyone is so lucky, and truth be told, i know we're not always open to hearing about our own failings.
so here are a few gentle reminders i've gathered...take them for what they're worth, and at the end of the day, remember jake's analysis and just be nice. we will be a happier planet for it.
'please' & 'thank you' are never out of place
respect: your elders, your family, your neighbors, yourself
learn to disagree graciously
you are not always right. be open to suggestion
actions speak volumes: be mindful of what exactly you are 'saying'
a smile never hurts a situation