Thursday, February 4, 2010

excuse me

I have been working with the boys on manners.  When I was a kid my mom used to read us "Miss Manners" by Judith Martin.  Any and every small rule of behavior was covered in her books.   We grew up constantly hearing "Miss Manner says..."
Anyway, at dinner the other day I was trying to get the boys to chew with their mouths closed and to stop talking with their mouths full.  However, I made the mistake of telling them that if they absolutely HAD to talk that they could cover their mouths so no one could see their partially chewed food.  So now throughout dinner the boys will cover their mouths, mumbling through a mouthful of food, "Mom, look at me!"  Then they will exaggeratedly demonstrate how nicely they chew with their mouths closed.  Not quite what I was going for, but at least they are trying.

Also, James has discovered burping.  He does it quite frequently- not usually on purpose but certainly more than necessary.  Today as he was talking to me he let out a nice big one.

Me: (trying to remind James of his manners) Excuse me.
James:  No.  Excuse ME!

My kids make me laugh every day!

Oh and Matthew is rolling over and saying "Dadadadadadadada".  Why is it they always say dada first?!

2 comments:

WhiteEyebrows said...

At least there's some glimmer that the teaching is sticking...

Brittny said...

Hey, didn't know where else to put this. This is Aaron, and I've met three Traversos this week out here in Washington. It just reminded me of the old times...
I know it is a long shot, but if you are ever out this way, it would be great to see you guys...