One of the worst characteristics of my children is their attitudes. They do not have bad attitudes all the time, but this negativity does appear far too often. I have read things written by experts that state that if you don’t correct this when a child is young, by the time the kids are teenagers they may be really bad.I have always tried to teach my kids good manners and to be polite. Other people that are around my children always tell me how good they are. I get compliments about both of my girls from people all the time. When this happens, I often think to myself, “I wonder if they are really talking about my girls?” I say this half-jokingly because I do know that my girls are very polite and they are both great girls. I guess that they only show their bad attitudes around me and their father.
If I had to have it one way or the other, I guess I would rather have them treat others politely, but I still think that they should treat me that way too. When they begin to be disrespectful, I always correct them and explain to them that this is not right. I think they know this and both of them will apologize to me after it happens. It might take them a while to think about it, but eventually they will tell me they are sorry. Kids can all have bad attitudes sometimes, but I have to remind myself that parents also are not always the greatest role models, including myself.