Teaching Toddlers Good Manners!

by Kathy Sykes on May 19, 2010 · 1 comment


How do you respond to your toddlers honest comments to strangers?      

The scene: Walmart SuperCenter

After paying the cashier for our grocery, Thomas and I proceeded to the exit when a Walmart greeter stopped us to check our receipt.

Thomas:”You baby?”

Walmart Greeter: “I am not a baby?” (the greeter and I looked at each other with question on our faces)

Thomas: “You BIG!”

Walmart Greeter: “Oh, you think I am having a baby? No, I am just FAT!”

Me: (laughing inappropriately)…”Oh, he thought you were pregnant” and we ran out of the store!

I felt bad for the Walmart greeter and for my son and I, because there must have been a better way to explain the situation. I just wasn’t prepared for such a statement to come out of my 3 y/o’s mouth. But we all should be because it will happen again.

I told Thomas when we got into the car that it is not nice to say everything that you are thinking particularly about how someone looks to you. But what should my response have been to the greeter?

Now that I have thought about it, I think I should have commented that 3 y/o’s are still learning manners and what’s appropriate to say. And I should have said that I apologize for his rudeness. I don’t know if that would have made the greeter feel any better but it would have made me more prepared.

Has this ever happened to you and how do you respond to your child’s honest comments?

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Linda May 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Toddlers are not the only ones to make statements that cause discomfort. Just be honest with the person that your toddler is learning, apologize and move on. If the adult can not accept that explanation then I really feel sorry for them


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