A couple days ago I was attempting to discipline my almost 4yo son about something when he interjected with what he thought I was going to say. He then recited a couple rules from his preschool classroom. This was the first time I’d heard of these rules (which is not surprising because Alex speaks as little about school as a typically reticent teenager), so I asked him to recite the rest. I thought they were so good that I decided to modify them slightly and print them out to be displayed in our living room. Here are both sets.
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Joel is so much more polite than Alex. Getting Alex to say “please” and “thank you” is a constant battle. We always have to instruct him to ask nicely to hear “please” and prod him with “What do you say?” to hear “thank you”. We sometimes have to gently nudge Joel with “How do you ask?” to hear “peas”, but he also sometimes says it without prompting. When we hand him something he wanted, like a cup of milk, he says “dah-ooh” without the slightest prompting. He has such an adorable smile when he says it, too.
It’s amazing how different kids from the same parents can be, isn’t it?