We found this book at the library and boy do we need it!!!! VERY, very cute and helpful. It covers everything from when to say please and thank you to what do you say when you get a gift (a gift that you love or even a boring gift, etc.)
I love the silly rhymes and the scrawly pictures. I just found out that John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans who wrote the original Madeline books. It is an interesting story.
Anyway, this book was very timely for us as we have been having issues- the boys forget to say thank you half the time and the littlest darling- our three year old girl can get rather demanding. Back to the drawing board- or rather back to manners class.
We do try and have roll play time where I will make up a scenario and we will act it out. Such as; "we are at church and someone give you a piece of gum...what do you do?" or "lets pretend I am meeting you for the first time, what do you say?"
Here is a very handy little way to remember what you should do when greeting someone (learned from the Musical Merrill family):
The 5 S's1. Stand
2. Smile3. Shake
4. Say5. See
(not sure if I have the right order, but you get the idea- when you are meeting someone you should stand as they enter the room, look them in the eye, smile, shake their hand and say something as a way of greeting them)
What tips do you have about teaching your kids manners? We need all the help we can get with our little urchins :)