Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Manners Mimic

I've learned so much from my friend, Adriana--about God, loving our husbands, loving our children, studying, and life.

Recently I was able to visit her at her home in Colombia for 9 days.  We sensed a kindred spirit when I was still living in Colombia, but both of us were busy with our four children (each) and working in our local churches, so time together was short and seldom, so this visit to speak at a conference with her was a real treat and a gift from God.

The country of Colombia isn't too hard to take, either!

Of course, I learned many things from her on this visit, but one was another fun way to teach manners. 

While I was there her niece and nephew were visiting to play with her youngest son for a couple of days.

At the table one day one of them put their elbows on the table. Suddenly Adriana put her elbows on the table in a rather exaggerated gesture. The culprit, unaware that someone was playing copy cat with him, shifted to resting his head on one hand, elbow still on the table. Adriana, sitting across from him did the same. The movement caught his attention and he looked at his aunt, changing to the other hand and elbow. When she did the same, a light bulb went on. Suddenly he sat up straight, lowered his hands, and smiled at his aunt. 

What a fun way to be gently reminded of good manners! (<--tweet this) Far better than being scolded or nagged. 

Variation: If you have a good humored adult who sometimes forgets his manners, you could team up with one of your little ones to play copy cat with the adult when his manners are momentarily forgotten. The children would have a great time being the manners police, and would be reminded to watch their own p's and q's.

For more ideas on manner click here.

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  1. What a wonderful trip for you. The landscape/scenery photo is beautiful!! Happy Monday!

    1. Thanks, Ollie! I always love going back to Colombia where we lived for 16 years--the longest I've lived in one place!

  2. This is such a great way to teach manners in a fun way. I wish I'd thought of it when my kids were young!
    I'm a new follower via Titus2Tues and would love to invite you to visit and, if blessed follow!

    1. Mary, I'm past the little kid stage, too, but I'm thinking it might work with grandchildren! :-) (Who of course will only need reminders because their parents will do such a good job! :-) )



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