Please Teach Your Kids Some Manners!
I am in shock! I hosted two of my daughters' friends
at our house all weekend—and when they left, they didn't say a thing.
I don't expect 13-year-old girls
to treat me and my husband to a meal or even pay their own way when we take them to the movies or out for dinner, but I do expect a simple "thank you" and maybe some small acknowledgment of the fact that I took them to the beach, to the movies and to dinner. But no. These girls just got in the car without a word to me.
My daughter thanked me three or four times during the course of the weekend for letting her friends stay with us, so I feel fairly confident that if she were in a similar situation, she would at least have the sense to thank her hostess. Am I wrong to expect the same from other kids? Obviously, I didn't invite them over so I could be showered with praise, but I did put a lot of effort into making sure they had fun and were comfortable.
Some might say the kids are shy or just inexperienced, but I don't buy that excuse at their age. Shy or not, anyone can muster a simple thank you. And inexperienced? That's a parenting issue. Their parents should have the forethought to reinforce a very basic rule of common courtesy: thanking your hostess!
So what do I do? Never have them over again? And if I do, should I tell them to thank me?