To quote one of the more idiotic terms I’ve heard floating around lately, our efforts to teach the younger generations common sense social etiquette is looking more and more like it’s going to be an “epic fail,” and that concerns me. However, just because many others seem to be ignoring or just plain don’t understand social graces, that doesn’t mean I’m giving up with our children.
Here are a few of what I feel are the more important and more common sense aspects of etiquette that I’m attempting to instill in our children.
Respect for Elders
It seems like when we’re just walking down the street these days, we constantly have to dodge teenagers and other young people who don’t bother stepping aside for their elders.
Therefore, I’m making it a point to teach our children respect not only for elders, but for all people.
Patience seems to be a lost virtue these days. In the age of immediate gratification, instant information at our fingertips, and worst of all, texting and driving, is it all that terrible to slow down and take a breath for a moment?
While I don’t want our children to be slovenly or lazy, not everything must come to them immediately. Sometimes a little delayed gratification can make eventually getting what they want all that much sweeter, and having the patience step back for a moment, regroup, calm down, and just enjoy life for a moment can help keep them healthier and happier.
The Golden Rule
I’ve been a long time believer in the golden rule. I feel that it applies to a variety of situations throughout our lives and is something that I want to ensure I instill in our children from an early age. Being able to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and treat them the way we’d like to be treated can make us more compassionate and understanding toward our fellow human beings, and those are aspects of social interaction and etiquette that I want our children to understand and abide by from an early age.
“Please” and “Thank You”
Teaching a child to say “please” and “thank you” might seem like a simple thing, but if that’s the case, why does it seem like it’s becoming a lost part of our regular social interaction these days?