Please and Thank You: Teaching my Baby Manners


photoAs Avery is getting older and becoming more observant, I want to make sure that I am always setting a good example for her. I’ve seen how my three year-old can pick up on things so easily and I can only imagine that it will be the same for Avery.

One of the examples that I am always trying to set forth is good manners. When I was teaching Avery sign language during her first year, please and thank you were signs that I would show her as I would give her something or if I would ask her for something. She never picked up on the signs, but I know that she as paying attention.

She’s still using her sign language for many of the words that she knows, but she is also learning to say a lot of words. I’ve been used to hearing her say hi, bye, mama, dada, and even Harlan’s name, but I wasn’t expecting her to learn her manners so quickly.

A couple of weeks ago, Avery and I were playing  a game of passing objects back and forth. She would hand me a ball and I would tell her thank you and then I’d give it back to her. The game went on for about five minutes and towards the end of the game, I hear Avery say something after I gave her the ball. “Dank doo” are the words that came out of her mouth. I wasn’t quite sure what she was blabbering about, so I just smiled and passed the ball back to her. She repeated, “dank doo.” It was then that I knew she was thanking me for the ball that I had just given her. The hundreds of times that I’ve told her please and thank you and signed to her, everything finally clicked. She said those two little precious words.

Of course she has now become obsessed with saying thank you and if you give her anything she will say thank you at least three times. But as long as she’s showing me that she’s learning her manners,

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