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At the receiving end of good manners

Hi,

My five year old son is learning about Good Manners at school. Saying Thank you, Good Job and Sorry are the cornerstones of good behavior.

I remember that is what I learned decades ago myself. We’re taught to show gratitude after receiving help, display appreciation when others do well, and express an apology when we screw up.

All great pieces of advice.

What we are rarely taught is how to handle it when someone says Thank you, Good Job or Sorry – to us.

Understanding how to handle Gratitude, Appreciation and Apology is something that we leave the kids to fend for themselves. Emotional maturity is truly apparent when we know not just how to give, but also to receive all this.

From Immature to I’m mature,

Abhilash