We are working hard with Molly to remember her pleases and thank yous and she often remembers with little or no prompting. She gets worked up every once in a while and just screams PLEASE! over and over again, but I don’t know what it is she wants. Monday morning, Molly came up to me, crunching on some Kashi Heart to Heart cereal and said, “Thank you Mommy for combing my hair.”
“Oh, you’re so sweet! What nice manners you have! Did Daddy make you some cereal?”
“Yes!” Then, to herself, “I should go tell Daddy thank you!” And off she ran to tell Jim “Thank you for making my breakfast!”
We’re also working on excuse me when she needs to talk to one of us while we are otherwise engaged. This afternoon, I was on the phone with Beverly and Molly was calling my name. When I got to a place in the conversation where I could take a break, I gently reminded Molly to say “Excuse me” when she needs me. So, then she would let me talk for about 10 seconds and sweetly say “Excuse me.” When I would say, “Yes, Molly? What great manners you have!” she would go back to her ensuing tantrum until she need to say “Excuse me” again. If she hadn’t been so crabby, it would have been incredibly funny. Or maybe that’s what makes it so funny? She wanted to be sure I was paying attention, so she said “Excuse me” before she escalated the fit!
It’s a good thing she’s so sweet and uses her manners most of the time. Remember that phone call with Beverly earlier today? It took us three tries to have a real conversation and I finally had to let her go because I couldn’t hear her anymore.
Like I said, we are working hard with Molly on her manners.