I have been pondering the idea that, over time we have lost our ability to be civil and have good manners. I wonder now if that leads to further issues with the way we treat each other, to include bullying behaviors.
If parents don’t teach children good manners or model civility for them, what can we expect of the next generation. Do we say “please”, “thank you”, or even “I love you” enough to ensure that we all feel better and treat each other better and with respect.
When I was young, we would never have thought to call an adult anything but Mr., Ms., or Mrs. and then their last name unless they were related. Now, I find my kids friends ask me point-blank for my first name. I usually tell them it “mister” and they ask again. I’m not sure I’m popular with my kids friends, but I do believe that it helps lead to a level of civility for them to understand how to treat the parents of their friends.
Interestingly enough, the TODAY SHOW thought enough about this as well to do a piece on it. Click the below link to watch TODAY’s angle on this topic and please share your thoughts as well. Does teaching and practicing civility make a difference in the bullying area or is it slowly dying?