For the past three years, I have been trying to infuse my child with some semblance of manners.  Reminding him to include “please” and “thank you” as necessary.  Correcting his “yeah” with “yes, ma’am”.  But it never clicked, unless to call my “sir” and get a reaction out of me.

Something changed today, though.  We were at the grocery store this morning, and I asked Robbie to carry a bag to car.  He said, “Yes, ma’am.  I’ll carry the bag.  Yes, ma’am.”  Thank goodness Robbie was holding the groceries; I would have dropped the bag otherwise.  And he just looked so pleased with himself, like he knew he’d completely made my day.

Tonight was the same.  Robbie seemed so tickled, replying, “Yes, ma’am” and “No, ma’am” every time I asked him a question tonight.  He even threw in the occasional, “No, thank you, ma’am.”  Between that and the sweet kisses he’s randomly been giving, I think we have a pretty sweet little boy on our hands.  Definitely a keeper.


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