I was always taught to be respectful to others. Almost like a drill sergeant growing up with my mother, she’d instill in me basic manners and etiquette.

Here are the top five things she taught me that I would never forget:

  1. Say please and thank you for everything and anything.  I still worry about this today if I do not remember!
  2. Never leave the table until everyone else has finished their plate.  Sit at the table and wait for everyone to finish their meals.  Heaven forbid do not put your elbow on the table!
  3. Walk with your shoulders back and your head up straight.
  4. Do not drag your feet.
  5. Always think before you open my mouth and speak.

As much as I hated it, I know I will be teaching these in my son.

As long as he’s respectful, I don’t care if end up sounding like my mum.

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What is GetConnectDAD?

@GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families.   We are 150 writers from around the world, focused on 52 Traits we want in our children.

Each week, parents from around the world are writing on a specific topic as part of a year’s worth of introspection on some key traits we want to consider for our kids.

Our writers answer the question, “What do you do to teach your kids about Empowerment, Generosity, etc?”

We understand that no one can focus on 52 unique traits; however, we hope that parents are able to think about each of these ‘traits’ as they are introduced and consider what they are doing to introduce components to their kids.