How many times a day do you actually say ,”Thank you”?
Who do you routinely say , “Thank you” to?
Teaching a child to say “Thank you” is something all of us have done at one time or another…it is usually coupled with learning to also say, “Please”
In fact, as I write this I am reminded of a singalong on Yo Gabba Gabba, the sole purpose of which was to impress on a young one the importance of these words and of being polite.
During any given day there are so many opportunities to say, “Thank you”. I try to take advantage of them. Saying, “Thank you”, helps to validate the other person and it helps me to focus on what that person has done for me. no matter how small or mundane.
It always irritates me if I hold a door open for anyone and they do not acknowledge me with a simple, Thank you”. In fact, I usually snarl at them and say a big “THANK YOU” out loud so that they can hear me as they walk on by ignoring my gesture. I sometimes wish that I could let the door slam on them. Just telling the truth and saying that these moments really piss me off! (I try not to do this in front of a child)
I spend a fair amount of time with my grandchild and am trying to teach her the basics of politeness. Reminding her to say, “Please” and “Thank you” is a daily constant. But these reminders are basically meaningless if I don’t use the words appropriately so that she can mimic me.
Really, we always hear ourselves when little ones are playing in their make believe world. How often do we hear them say, “Thank you”.
How often do these little ones say, “Thank you” without being prompted?
In the link below, Caitlin Kelly writes about, “Thank you” and happens to make an observation about President Obama and his sometimes apparent lack of gratitude. Whether true or not it is not flattering to be perceived as ungrateful no matter how “big” or “small” you are.
(I am not making a political statement here just an observation from another writer. So please do not focus on this as a political statement. It is used just to make a point.)
What do you think about how we teach our children and grandchildren politeness? When do you tell them to say the words, “Thank you”?
Thank you for reading, I appreciate it and I would love to hear from all of you.