When my mum was growing up, her cousin came to stay… and as they played in the front room her cousin called her brother ‘a fart’. My Nana over heard and before entering the front room promptly went into the study to look up ‘fart’ in the dictionary.
Today’s society is pretty open to dropping the old f bomb – in fact, most people wouldn’t think twice about dropping the f bomb in their place of work. But I’m trying to curb the swearing in our household as I don’t really think its cute to hear the f bomb coming out of a toddlers mouth…
…but the sad fact is that some people do find it funny. And I’ve know a few people who’ve actually taught their little ones a few choice words. I’m not a fan!
I want my little man always to be thankful for a gift. When I was growing up my parents always made sure that we thanked a person for their present. We would often wear a specific outfit to see a person if they had given it as a gift, to show appreciation.
One Christmas, my uncle from Adelaide sent money. When we purchased something with that money, we took a photo of us with that item, wrote a thank you letter (by hand) and posted it off. Being thankful of a gift – no matter how big or small – is an important value that I would like to install in my child (hopefully children).
Kids theses days are often so indulged that they pull the present out of the gift- givers hands, rip the paper, and then run off to play. No thanks, no appreciation … you don’t even know if they liked the gift! What a crappy feeling for the gift-giver after they have put so much effort into trying to pick something special.
Now I’m not saying that I would like to bring back everything from a traditional 1950s lifestyle… but I would take the manners!