Teaching Kids Manners Even If Adults Are Rude

XOJane's Nicole Blades is determined that her son won't be as rude as grown-ups who can't even manage simple greetings.

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XOJane's Nicole Blades is determined that her son won't be as rude as grown-ups who can't even manage simple greetings.

Over the last two months, I've been working with him to specifically improve his meet-and-greet tactics. I tell him -- a few times over (look, the kid's 3) -- that it's not polite to say nothing when someone says goodbye.

I tell him that the kind thing to do is respond with your own toodle-loo or, at the very least, a wave. I've given him this prompt often and we've made significant progress. In fact, on a recent road trip he thought it wise to peace-out to a restaurant with a cheerful, "Bye, Applebee's! I don't like you."

We'll work on diplomacy next month.

As I said, the little guy is three years old -- a good excuse for most things -- and still growing into being a gentleman. But how do you explain the folks long past toddlerhood, the hardback adults who go mute when met with a hello from a not-so-strange stranger?

Read Nicole Blades' entire piece at XOJane.

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