Hello, Mothers of Boys! And Mothers of Girls Who are Interested in Boys! This week at oprah.com, the editors there asked me to write about etiquette for children. I laughed discreetly, thinking about the constant “encouragement” I provide at my house to my two sons. I don’t have all the answers and I’m no Emily Post, but I have tried to instill some manners in my sons, a Sisyphean task at times. And I believe that I am not alone, although the overall decline in etiquette can be seen everywhere, everyday. I know there are other mothers out there trying to fight the polite fight.
To focus my efforts, I have always had one simple approach to teaching my boys etiquette: Be a Good Date. I know you’re asking yourself, “Do kids still date?” While that’s debatable, should the opportunity arise, I would like Brookes and Colin to know a few manners to impress the young ladies in their lives. Because some day, those young ladies may become part of the family, so my job is vital to the continuation of the family name! I’m think of future generation when I insist ( nightly) my sons take their elbows off the table! You can read my complete list here at oprah.com.
So here’s my question to you, Mothers of Girls, what are you doing for me? How are the etiquette lessons going in your house? May I make a request? Having two sons, I do worry who will carry on the Thanksgiving tradition when I am old and infirmed. So far, my sons do not seem inclined to do large scale entertaining that involves multiple sets of plates. Can a few of you MOGs work on that, so I have some place to have Thanksgiving in my Golden Years?
Many thanks in advance.
Embracing my Chaos, Lian