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Parents Pay for Parenting

In light of my earlier post, I found this news article interesting:

While the Freddie Bell James school - named for D.C. socialite and professional etiquette consultant Freddie Bell Jones, Thomas' grandmother-in-law - does not teach morals, "we do teach values," Thomas said.

"It's the small things," Thomas continued, "Like when you're at a grocery store, putting the shopping cart back instead of leaving it in the parking lot. Or knocking before you enter a room, or saying 'please' and 'thank you.' When you borrow something, returning it in the same condition. Respecting other people's opinions.

"It's about having integrity. They're not 'save the world' changes, but they're courtesies, and that makes a difference."


I wonder how much parents are paying someone else to teach their children to say "please" and "thank you".

Comments

Jim said…
"I wonder how much parents are paying someone else to teach their children to say 'please' and 'thank you?'" -- Dr. Hunnell

I have to imagine that precious few parents -- the successful ones, at least -- would ever find the need for a "professional etiquette consultant."

On a somewhat related note, something tells me that parents of the six year-old featured in the following video clip are doing a great job raising their children, sans the personality coaches:

"I missed you too, Daddy." (6 year-old waits 7 months for a hug.)
Catholic Mom said…
Jim,
What a great video clip! I can really relate because I remember when my husband came home from Desert Storm. Our kids were ages 4,3, and 1 at the time. It was a very emotional reunion.

While being a military family has its share of heartaches and sacrifices, it also has many benefits. Our children know what it means to serve a cause bigger than yourself. They have seen living examples of honor, duty, service and commitment.
Anonymous said…
Parents are the primary educators are't they..good post
Jim said…
"While being a military family has its share of heartaches and sacrifices, it also has many benefits. Our children know what it means to serve a cause bigger than yourself. They have seen living examples of honor, duty, service and commitment." -- Dr. Hunnell

And our nation is better because of the sacrifices made by yourself, your husband and your family. Please accept my thanks.

Incidentally, I am glad you liked the video.

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