Am I misunderstanding their definition of well behaved or am I just an anomaly? I would love to know that I am not alone!! Jill
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
I try not to worry to much what other people think but I really needed a reality check here! Thanks again my sisters! You are wonderful! Jill
My kids can be loud and wild...they tease each other at times...dd, especially is "spirited."
OTOH---I often get comments about their manners and maturity. I think it's because they are able to interact with people of all ages and because we're together so much, they have a constant example of how to act in the "real" world. For instance...they know to hold the door for the person behind them, or if a person has their arms full. They can go to a service desk and ask for directions or help. They can engage in everyday chit-chat with anyone: "Hello, how are you?" "I'm fine, and you?" As well as carry on lengthier, more interesting conversations. They are, generally, not intimidated by grownups, but just speak to them one person to another.
I *think* that's where the comments come from. I'm pretty sure the compliments would end if those same people heard them getting into the van, one jumping over the seat to get the 'best" seat while attempting to lock the 3rd one out. "IT'S MY TURN TO SIT IN FRONT!" "YOU SAT THERE LAST WEEK YOU KETCHUP HEAD!" "MOM SHE CALLED ME A NAME!" :
Single Mom to 3 (12, 17 & 21) and .
Leslie in MD
My 3 year old will sit and look at books for hours at a time and has taught himself many, many words and all of his letters. However, what everyone sees is my children sometimes getting really excited that we have company. We do activities outside the house like t-ball and soccer, but rarely do we have company at our house.
I think that people see manners and behavior on a gradient scale. To each his own! Don't worry about what others think, I was a very wild child and have grown to be a very well mannered, calm adult. Its all about what our children see us do. They will repeat it...eventually!
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