One of the behavioral pet peeves I have with my children is when an adult talks to them and they either refuse to respond or say something rude. It’s never intentional for them to offend in these circumstances but due to my lack of preparation, they’ve not known what to say. So when the kids are young, we usually play role-play games in the car, on the way to functions.
And it usually goes something like this…
Me: What do you say when someone says hello to you?
Me: What do you say when you receive a gift?
Me: What do you say if you don’t like it or you already got one?
(I only know to ask these questions because of the horrifying moments we’ve found ourselves in, when they’ve responded from the gut.)
So while we were in the car on the way to a party tonight I was working with Gabe who’s four.
I asked him the Hello question, and then I posed this one…
Say Mrs. Shelton comes up to you and says you look handsome, what do you say?
I was looking for a thank-you but Gabe’s response was…
You look beautiful!
Watch out ladies!