Hey friends! I’m happy to introduce you to my new Insta-friend, Krystan. Krystan and I just met through Instagram a few months ago and I have enjoyed getting to follow along with her life and story and learn a little more about her through the social media lens. I know you’re going to appreciate this valuable message from her.
One of the first things we teach our children is manners, and well we should. We often begin with “please” and “thank you”, progress to “yes ma’am” and “no sir”, and continue teaching as they age.
Manners teaching can be morphed into anti-bullying. We teach that it’s okay to say “no”, to tell an adult if someone is bothering us, to stand up for the little guy.
Have you ever about how we, as adults, do not practice what we preach? Really think about it for a moment. Let’s begin with the simple things. How often do we really, as adults, say, “please,” when we want something? Most often it seems our attitudes tend to be “I work for it, I deserve it”. How often do we say “thank you?” So many times I have heard people saying something along the lines of, “I’m not thanking them, it’s their job. They’re doing what they’re paid to do.”
Now to dig a little deeper. How often do we show manners to ourselves? Imagine looking in the mirror as you get ready for the day. How often do we say negative things to that image staring back? How often do we call ourselves horrible names? We all say and/or think things to ourselves that we would never dream of doing or saying to another person.
I think it’s time we took a stand. We need to be as mindful and polite to others and, possibly more importantly, ourselves, as we teach our children to be. Children are sponges; they soak up and imitate and become their environments. Do you want your child calling themselves ugly, fat, or stupid? Of course not. So stop doing it to yourself!
I am just as guilty of all of this as the next person. That’s why I’m writing it. I am, for lack of a better phrase, “preaching to the choir”. So join with me. Make a vow to start being polite to others, to start saying “please” and “thank you” and to start caring about yourself.