Changing environment, learning new language and new culture,being a wife and a mother, living far away from families and friends, I have come to share my views, thoughts, feelings, ideas on so many things that I cherish.

June 14, 2011

How to Help Children to Develop Good Manners

In our society today, the issue of good manners cannot be overemphasised. It's a value that has eluded so many adults and children. Sad to say that this virtue is slightly and steadily slipping away. Today, Parents and Caregivers are busy in pursuit of others things that interest them most than properly raising their kids. Good mannerism needs to be revisited by most adults but since children are the future and the leaders of tomorrow, I'm more concerned about them. 

Good manners are essential for every child's self confidence and success in life. The early years (formative stage) of a child's life is the proper time to start teaching him about the world and the importance of his relationship to the people around him.

They have to be taught the importance of good behaviour.
Manners are about:
° How to speak nicely to others
° How to be generous.
° Helping out in daily tasks.
° Caring for other people and caring for the environment.
° How to respect people and their feelings
° Showing kindness
° Sharing
° Politeness ( learning to say: please, thank you, sorry, excuse me, etc).

Don't forget that the family is where it all starts. Setting a good example is the best way to make these virtues stick with them. Develop a warm and caring relationship with your children, respond to their clues and cues, respect the child, do not criticize him/her in public for nothing, it can be demeaning.
Respect others, children may end up treating others the way they see your treat those in your life/around you.

All these do not happen all of a sudden. It happens over a period of time but you have to remind the child constantly about the manners. Be patience because at times, things may not work out the way you want them to but don't give up. As a parent, remember that you are their number one role model. To play your role as a good model, you must not forget to take very good care of yourself, that's when you function best.

Always Nekky.

June 01, 2011


At times, I always wish I could read the minds of my kids. I'm always curious to know what they really think about me, family, their environment, and the society at large. If only I could have a little idea of what is going on in their brain, it could make things/life a little easier for me.

This Article was Forwarded to me by my sister and I feel like sharing it with you all.

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

WHEN YOU STOP LAUGHING -- SEND IT ON TO OTHER MOTHERS, GRANDMOTHERS, AND AUNTS... and anyone else who has anything to do with kids or just needs a good laugh!!!
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