A few months ago when I went to Florida for my third annual Spring Break girls trip with my besties, I noticed something at my friend Marylouise’s house. Well first of all her kids are super well-behaved. But duh, that wasn’t new to me. They are so well-behaved, I’ve written about them TWICE before. Once because of their manners and once because of a crazy story that happened to one of her boys. Oh yah and did I mention that she has TWO sets of twins? Yep. Let that one sink in for a minute. lol So when I was staying at her house for a few days before we met up with our other bestie Heather for Spring Break, I noticed that her kids all answered her and her husband with a “yes ma’am” or “yes sir.” Say what? We spent Christmas vacation with her family and I noticed it then too. It just sounded nice. I am not from the South and I realize this could possibly be more of a Southern thing but all of a sudden I wanted in. I wanted in on my kids doing this because it just sounds so dang polite I can’t even stand it. lol Then I realized wait, my friend Noel does this with her boys too and I always loved it…why am I not doing this in our house??!!
So I came back from that trip in April and said to my husband, I want in on what Marylouise and Noel do with their kids. I love this yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir, no sir thing. He just kinda looked at me like, ok…but was totally in. So since my revelation back in April (ya know two whole months ago-haha), we’ve implemented this new process. We ask both of the girls to do with with us, with Momma Jane, friends and even strangers. Look, I’m totally realistic. Our oldest is ten so we are a good eight years behind with her but I figure we still have time with our three-year old. We are really trying with both of them and while it’s still a total work-in-progress, we aren’t giving up and each day they get better and more politer.
Will it last forever? Who knows, but right now I kinda like pretending I’m a real Southerner and getting in on this whole yes ma’am, yes sir thing. 🙂
XO Surviving Mommy