I don’t know what has been going on with Toby of late but he seems to have reached 3 years old and totally forgotten everything we’ve taught him about manners!
Now, this isn’t a big deal – no dramas – he’s a little boy and as his parents we just have to keep reiterating to him that he needs to use his please and thanks you’s when appropriate, that is what we’re here for after all! I just find it odd that he has gone from being a little boy who was rather proud to use his manners, to suddenly having a case of amnesia every time someone hands him down thing or he wants something like a drink etc.
It’s not just the pleases and thank you’s either, he’s become quite cheeky too. He will demand a drink, and makes cheeky comments like “hurry up with my drink” or “stop talking I need a drink!” Where has this come from?! It’s not something he hears from us, nor can I imagine he’s heard it at nursery.. That leads me to suspect he is just testing out his boundaries and seeing what he can get away with.
We never had this experience with Reuben, he has always been polite to a point where we would sometimes have to tell him that he didn’t need to say thank you *quite* so many times. He has started to take a leaf out of his brother’s book though which I find frustrating and worry it’s going be to rub off on Edith as she grows.
What do you think? Did your little ones reach a certain age and suddenly start forgetting their manners? Any tips for how to teach a toddler manners?