Tagged Manners

Yoghurt Spoon!

Yogurt SpoonThe Toddler is eating lunch. She is having yoghurt (‘oghurt’) for dessert. The Toddler likes yoghurt.

The Toddler has finished her main course. She becomes immediately concerned that the offer of yoghurt may have been forgotten or withdrawn in the 15 minutes since it was made. The Toddler will check. She yells, ‘Oghurt! Mummy! Daddy! Grammy! Oghurt! Oghurt!’

We are trying to teach The Toddler to say ‘please’ when she wants something. The Toddler is good at ‘thanks’, and will now often say ‘thank you’ without prompting. She says ‘please’ (‘pease’) less frequently without prompts. Except when she has already been told ‘no’. ‘More raisys!’
‘No, sweetheart, you just had raisins. No more at the moment.’
(Whimpering) ‘More raisys…pease!’
(Evidently, The Toddler has understood that ‘please’ is connected to requests. It appears, however, that she considers throwing around pleases every time you ask for something to be inefficient. The Toddler feels that using a please in situations where someone is quite willing to accede to your request is a waste of a please. In order to preserve the power of the please, it should only be brought out in situations in which you are not getting what you want.)

So, The Toddler wants her yoghurt. Now. ‘Oghurt! Mummy! Daddy! Grammy! Oghurt! Oghurt!’ Daddy tries to inject some manners into proceedings: ‘What do we say? Yoghurt…?’ The Toddler is a helpful soul. Clearly, some confusion has arisen amongst the adults as to how this yoghurt thing works. The Toddler will assist with clear instructions. ‘What do we say? Yoghurt…?’


BinThe Toddler is a fan of putting things in the bin. In fact, ‘bin’ may have been one of her earliest words. The Toddler likes to instruct Silly Mummy to put things in the bin: ‘Mummy! Bin!’ She likes to inform Silly Mummy that she is putting something in the bin: ‘Ooh bin!’ She likes to report on the events as they unfold on those occasions when The Baby rolls over to the bin and tries to stick her head in it: ‘The Baby! Bin! Naughty!’

We went to town. The Toddler ate some raisins in her pushchair. Whilst in M&S, The Toddler smiled at a shop assistant. The shop assistant smiled back and said, ‘Hello’. The Toddler knows a range of appropriate responses for dealing with just such a situation. She is adept at waving, smiling, saying ‘hello’, even holding out her hand and excitedly squealing, ‘Meet! Meet!’ (by which she means, ‘Pleased to meet you’). Armed with such a rich arsenal of suitable replies to the lady’s ‘hello’, The Toddler imperiously held out her empty raisin box and said, ‘Bin!’

Upon being told by Silly Mummy that it is not polite to hand one’s rubbish to strangers and demand that they put it in the bin, The Toddler considered her actions, nodded wisely and added, ‘Thanks!’ Satisfied that she had now been politely rude, The Toddler smiled charmingly…and continued to hold out her raisin box expectantly.