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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Recently, I was at Wal-Mart in the Trussville area picking up some film that I had developed. As I was checking out, a teenager walked up to the counter and blurted out, “Where are the cameras you throw away?” The sales associate that was helping me graciously told the young man that he would be with him momentarily. While watching the interaction between the two, it made me question how the children are raised these days. Are any of them taught manners of any kind? When I was growing up, I was taught to say “yes mam” and “no sir” and to say “thank you,” “excuse me,” “pardon me,” and all of the other things people my age were taught as children. Are parents doing that today? What are they learning from their parents? Do the parents have any manners themselves? With many children apparently NOT being taught manners in the home these days, how will things be when they become adults and take positions of leadership. I realize that there are parents out there that do teach manners to their children but it seems to me that these parents are few and far between. To those parents who are doing their very best to teach their children manners, a heart felt thank you is in order. I can’t help but wonder what those parents are thinking when they don’t teach their children manners of any kind. Do they not correct them as pre-teens and teenagers?? The teaching and learning process doesn’t end when the child becomes a teenager or goes off to college at age 18. A parent have every right and reason to teach their child and correct them when needed no matter what their age. I can remember as a teenager and even into adulthood my Mom correcting and prompting me to say “thank you” or show some type of appreciation for a gift of compliment. If I spoke out of line on any topic, I was corrected. Sure, I didn’t like being corrected, especially as a teenager. It was even worse as I became an adult but in retrospect, I can tell you that I’m a much better person for what my Mom and Dad taught me. I’m still learning from my Father in spite of the fact that we may not always agree on things. If only more children were corrected in such a way, we’d have far more children who are more appreciative of life in general. I realize there is more to a well rounded child than just good manners but if the children of today are taught good manners today, they will make a much better impression on the world tomorrow.
As always, be safe and have fun!
Keywords: It's my Opinion........Manners
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