It has come to my attention that we are ... shall we say ... somewhat rustic when it comes to manners in this household. Basically my children behave like ravenous wolves when presented with a plate of food and seem to have forgotten that it is very rude to shut the door in someones face when they can't play. (Kids are lucky they haven't lost a few digits when Alex answers the door.)
I know that this reflects on me as their parent. I seriously don't know how to get them to sit and eat without beating them within an inch of their lives! (I don't really beat them but I am tempted.) Manners are an important part of the society in which we live. Not king mind you but important none the less.
So how does one teach some manners without nagging so much that they hate them and want to run screaming from the room? Is it really nagging if you happen to mention, ever so politely, that they shouldn't stab their brother with their fork as that would be bad manners?
I was reading a list of 10 common dinning mistakes, the first three being about cutlery, napkin use, and chewing, in that order. Apparently holding your knife and spoon like your about to do Braveheart style battle with you broccoli is inappropriate, I should be delicately dabbing the encrusted ketchup off Sam's face instead of scrubbing it off like I would mildew on grout, and sucking up spilled jello directly off the table is just not done!
I am hopeful that one day they will decide that manners are somewhat important. It will probably come when one of the boys wants to impress a girl but only if she is really lucky.