Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Today's Lesson: Etiquette and Good Manners

Etiquette is a code that influences the expectations and behaviour of social behavior, according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group. Rules of etiquette are usually unwritten, but aspects of etiquette have been codified from time to time. A rule of etiquette may reflect an underlying ethical code, or it may reflect a fashion or status.

So why am I going on about good manners and etiquette, because I had to sit through a performance last night at my son's school put on by K-2 graders. During said Christmas Concert I was also forced to watch many adults who obviously haven't heard of the word etiquette.

If the music teacher feels that she needs to send home rules over a week before the scheduled performance informing parents on the expected behavior something is wrong. Then if she also has to make a short video to play at the beginning of said concert to "remind" the attendants of their expected behavior that is worse. BUT when a gymnasium full of people and alot of them still can NOT follows those rules you begin to realize what is wrong with today's youth!!

It is very sad when my 2yr old is better behaved then adults, she did NOT talk in a loud voice during the performance, she did NOT have to get up out of her seat in the hour and a half performance, she most definitely did NOT talk on her cell phone!

When the teacher says on more than one occasion do NOT come get your child when he/she is done singing with their grade allow them to go sit back with their class as all the children will be singing a song at the end together, then dang it do NOT go get your child and leave!

Do NOT go take a coke down to your child as they sit on the gym floor with their class mates and then have to escort said 6yr old to the bathroom, do NOT go over and talk to them while other children are on the stage singing their hearts out. SERIOUSLY people are your freaking kidding me?

It was all I could stand to sit and watch this all unfold in front of my eyes.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention, if your 5yr old can not sit still on the bleachers without kicking the three people in front of him on more than one occasion then wip his behind. Oh and most definitely if that child does not know how to chew gum without spitting it out of his mouth into the hair of one oh so cute & LONG haired almost 3yr old little girl, then seriously do NOT I repeat do NOT give that child gum to chew!!!!

I almost flipped my lid when after being forced to watch adults misbehaving, but really enjoying VERY cute K-2 graders singing their Christmas songs and doing a fantastic job at it I might add, I wade thru the tons of people to get to my son and when Shane puts Abby down I noticed GUM in her hair! WTH I did not have gum, she did not have gum, that only leaves one brat that did have gum! Luckily it was in the pony I had pulled up with a barrette and it only cost her a little bit of hair, but I am still mad about it.

Here is my very handsome (and correctly dressed) little guy, the "rules letter" also included a dress code that the children were expected to follow because the teacher wanted this to be "Dressy". But when a parents feels like blue jeans and a bright yellow tshirt is dressy there is something wrong. But then again maybe she didn't get the 3 notes that were sent home about it.


Bad Mommy said...

That's sad. Seriously.

Kurt and Samantha said...

Girl, I am with you!! There are kids that can and know how to act better than most adults. I really get sick of cell phones sometimes--what did we do before they were cheap enough for everyone to have? Amyways, he looked very handsome and looks like you know how to follow the rules. Good Job, Mom!

jenn3 said...

That would make me mad also. Like you said, it's no surprise the way some kids act, once you see the parents.

Your little man looks very handsome though.

Elizabeth said...

Man after that post I think I will home school.
Just kidding!!
I sure wouldnt have the patience that music teacher has!