Tuesday, May 17, 2011

25 Manners Every Child Should Know

Does your child knows at least few of these manners listed below? I must say, my big girl is one grateful child and that she knows the basic manners that she'd learn before  she can even speak. I taught her how to be courteous and polite with older people because how she interact or behave reflects the behavior of the parents. It shows the character of people living in the house. And when she grows up, people will notice that she is a child any parents can be proud to have. Here's a very interesting article I found on yahoo this morning and I would like to share it here so every parent visitor in this blog can read.

Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don't always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.-

Manner #1

When asking for something, say "Please."

Manner #2

When receiving something, say "Thank you."

Manner #3
Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.

Manner #4

If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.

Manner #5

When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

Manner #6
The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.

Manner #7
Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Manner #8
When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

Manner #9

When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.

Manner #10
Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.

Manner #11
When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

Manner #12
Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.

Manner #13
Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.

Manner #14

Don't call people mean names.

Manner #15
Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

Manner #16
Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.

Manner #17
If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."

Manner #18
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.

Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

Manner #20
If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new.

Manner #21
When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

Manner #22
When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!

Manner #23
Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

Manner #24

Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

Manner #25

Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

Lifted from its Orignal Source

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Clean Sink Is Unusual??

Somebody just made a comment how the dirty dishes disappeared. I cleaned after I fed myself and our baby girl this afternoon. I had nothing else to do so I did the most dreaded chore of the day, doing dishes that is! When my husband got up from his peaceful rest, he went to the kitchen and seeing the kitchen clean made him say something. I didn't hear him clearly what he was saying but I uttered, why is it unusual to see the sink clean? And he agreed to that.

Arggggs and ouch! I can't blame him, although it was just a joke. Doing the dirty dishes is the last chore I wanna do at the end of the day so most afternoons upon arriving home from work, you could expect to see the sink full of dirty dishes piled up. In rare occasions, he would do the job for me knowing that he just worked ten hours dealing with criminals yet when he comes home, a dirty sink what greets him. That is why, seeing a clean sink is unusual!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CC #: 2 Me, As A Wife

Couple's Corner

Wow it's Couple's Corner day again. How did I miss last week's topic? Too bad I wasn't able to write about that, I was really anticipating to join last week's CC for I got so much to tell about me being a mother, of course I would only tell what my husband says about me.

Anyways, I am glad that I am back on track now. I somehow thought that CC will be every Friday? Just recently I received a compliment from my husband about me being thoughtful. Naks, heart flattering it is but I don't know that. I just have to be me when he's around. I don't cook him dinner, he does his own dinner even after working ten-hour shift everyday. All I do is fix him breakfast on his day off. I make sure he's still on the computer and bring the food in his study so he doesn't get starved while reading his news.

A friend of his visited us 3 weeks ago and he gave me the same compliment after handling him his slippers outside so he can be comfortable. My husband sure heard what his friend said and I believe, these men sure are grateful for they appreciate every little thing I did to them. There are so many things he think I am too busy to write them all right now..

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Post- Mother's Day Celebration With Friends

Myself, big girl and 5 other Filinas gathered together for a post Mother's day celebration at Grapevine Mills mall yesterday. At least 4 of us are mothers of one. I was the only that's pregnant in the group but that did not hinder me from roaming around the mall with them. We called it, ladies' day out. We all had fun thankfully. We met during lunch time so we managed to have our lunch together at the mall's food court. It wasn't a special gathering for us but it was worth the drive. It was also my first time to see Marly's and Emelyn's babies for the first time. They are pretty girls and really good babies. My pleasure to meet my Filipina friends here in Texas for we don't seldom see each other due to the fact that some of those ladies live from afar and few don't drive.

...... since I don't have pictures of me and my baby during Mother's day, yesterday I made sure I get one for remembrance...for me everyday is a mother's day because of the hard work I've done with her...
.....with girlfriends before we do our long walk, we took a pose right at the mall's is missing, the photographer
...we took our kids to a train ride, my big girl loved it so did the adults enjoyed the quick ride too.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Mother's Day Treat

We had our Mother's Day lunch date at our favorite Chinese buffet yesterday. We did it ahead of time to dodge the Mother's day crowd today. So thoughtful of my husband for treating me out for a crab. He knows how crazy I am with crabs that is for sure. Not only I got my crab but I got to eat some seafoods I so wanted to eat for so long. I know I can make them at home but it is different when cooked at the restaurant. So simple is the celebration but it meant more than anything else to me. I celebrated it with the most wonderful people in the world, my family!

You'll see below I am out of the picture. I didn't feel like taking picture of myself yesterday instead took pictures of my husband and the baby...
......when I took this one, I told them it's supposed to be Mother's day not Father's day lol... above is our baby girl with her desserts
...... oh crab legs...the highlight of the day and below more seafoods and veggies for the preggy mother. Jadyn saw the crawfish and said yuck, roaches!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Whatever Makes Him Happy

My husband has worked for FWPD for twenty years now. He has helped put criminals or bad people in a place they belong, he helped stranded helpless families, stopped a robber in 2003, been a good Samaritan to those who need his help.. I can go on and on of the good things a police officer like him have done to his community but I don't wanna bore you with that.

There is one thing he told me yesterday that kept me thinking until now. It is something about his career. If he is gonna push through of his dream, I would gladly support him if that makes him happy. He will be paid more for it but not much but he's got to fulfill his dream before he retires. But once he is in it, there is a possibility he works long irregular hours, works five times a day (he currently does 4 days a week, ten-hour shift) and possibly no day-off at all. I'm a little concern how it is going to affect our family, there'll be less dada's presence in the house that means less family time. Surely, we will miss him here.

I don't want to be the reason of him not pursuing in taking the test, but like he said, he doesn't wanna retire a police officer, he wants more than that, a more challenging job to help solve cases that's been cold for a while. He said, he is going to take a test to become one and hopefully when the office opens the position, he can get in if he pass the test.

In the Philippines, for you to get promoted, you should be appointed by someone who is higher rank or position than you do. If everybody approves of your qualification and you deserve the job, you will get promoted. Unlike here in America, if you want to climb up to the highest position like in the policing, you take the test and once you pass, you'll be promoted. That is exactly what my husband is going to do in the next several weeks or months. Hopefully, he'll pass as I have so much faith in him, he's an intellectual guy and I believe in him. But........ family time will be affected... I am happy where we are at in our marriage right now... I just hope, his new career wouldn't affect us.