When my kids were young, they watched Barney, that big purple dinosaur, every morning on PBS. One Barney song still lingers in my mind. Odd I know, but it’s a really catchy tune.
🎵 Please and thank you- they’re called the magic words.
If animals could talk, you’d hear the fishes and the birds
Saying please and thank you- they’re called the magic words…
Repeat chorus over and over and over and over…
Barney was right- please and thank you are magic.
And so is You’re Welcome.
And so is Excuse Me.
In my classes and workshops for young people, I call these Power Words.
Please makes things happen more smoothly. It turns a demand into a polite request.
Thank you shows appreciation and we all like to be appreciated. Someone is more likely to do something nice for you again when they’ve been properly thanked.
You’re welcome is what you say when you are thanked. Please do not respond with “no problem”, because it’s simply bad manners to do so.
Excuse me (or Pardon me) will cover a small mistake such as:
you must interrupt someone, you don’t hear someone, you sneeze/cough/hiccup, or you bump into someone. We all make these little missteps daily, so keep “excuse me” handy in your vocabulary.
Tips for Moms: Teach your children to use Power Words. This takes a lot of reminding, positive reinforcement, and patience on your part, but it is worth the effort! Using Power Words should be part of your children’s everyday good habits.
Make using Power Words your everyday habit. You’ll show others you’re considerate, kind, intelligent and maybe even a little magical.
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