Observations . . .
There was a quote once heard from a school counselor, “He’s not a bad kid, he just has bad habits.” There is a lot of wisdom to that statement. All kids (all people for that matter) are good. It’s their actions, many of which could be the result of habits that are bad. We never want a teacher, coach, friend, relative or school counselor saying that about our child, so what can we do about it?
Unfortunately, habits are often relegated to the “bad” category. How often do we hear or say, “She has a bad habit of…?” It’s time to focus our attention on the “good” habits in life. One of the best ways to rid oneself of “bad” habits is to practice “good” habits. The more we focus on our own and our child’s good manners, the more the “bad” will become nonexistent.
The dinner table is a great classroom for learning and practicing manners. If you don’t already, why not begin using acceptable table manners when you gather as a family!
We don’t need to turn our family meals into staunch formal affairs, but surely, we can take advantage of teachable moments to help our children know what to do at the table with their napkin, silverware, plates, the food they eat, and even their posture. It will surely bring awareness to using manners, even if they don't do it all the time! : )
Next week – a Manners challenge!