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Where did Good Manners Go?

Zip it Does it seem (in light of recent events) that good manners and civility have gone out the window?  Want some easy lessons at how to get them back?  Just follow the lead of the 5 and under set. “It’s easy,” exclaims my daughter.  “You just zip it, lock it, put it in your pocket.” She runs a finger across her lips zipping them up, turns an imaginary key to lock up her closed mouth and then slips that key in her pretend pocket.  Done.  How simple was that!

How nice it would have been if Congressman Wilson could have remembered to zip it and lock it.  Ditto Kayne West.  I’ll even add Serena Williams’ tirade to the list, although some seem to feel the rules are different for sports figures (not this Zen Mama Wannabe, however).  How nice it would be to think that good manners were commonplace in our country.  That the things you learned when you were …

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Calling Grown-Ups by Their Last Names

(This is the first – of hopefully many – in my “Do Your Kids…?”  –  a series of questions and topics that I’m eager to get more insight and guidance on.  Maybe you’re wondering some of these things too).


Do your kids call grown-ups by their last names??  And what do you do when seemingly EVERYONE around you does not??

From what I can tell, the ball is set into motion around 2 years of age, when your toddler first participates in various Mommy & Me classes where the teachers go by Miss Susie or Miss Ann.  Playgroups are more for the moms than the kids (and a much needed time too, I might add); you call your friends by their first names so that is what your child hears.  He or she then starts to put it all together, “That nice blond haired lady who always has goldfish to offer me…my buddy Zackary’s mom…my mom calls her Leigh.” …

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