Archive for October 15th, 2013


Although I have read awhile ago, the popular Robert Fulghum’s book,

“All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” and have seen

a new “take” or version of lessons learned from animals on Noah’s Ark,

(internet story that was forwarded to my email account) I would like to

be perfectly clear:  these have not been consulted for my posting today!

This is not based on scientific research nor medical findings, just this old

Nana taking a few chosen notes from listening and observing my own

six grandchildren. I have compiled  the following list and summary of

lessons on etiquette, solely as a result of the past two weekends based

on their “sage” advice imparted to me and to each other.

1.  Always eat the frosting off cookies or cupcakes, then you may get

away with hiding said remainder and get another one to do the same


2.  When I forgot to…

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We had the same problem with our 3-year-old daughter and our cat. We begged her to be gentle. We tried to show her how to pet the cat, play with him gently, etc. We punished her with timeouts (and I admit, a spanking on more than one occasion) and nothing seemed to work EXCEPT….. we did a complete turnaround and if she did anything even remotely hurtful to the cat, we made a HUGE fuss over the cat and completely ignored her, e.g. “oh, poor kitty! Are you okay? Poor baby! You got hurt.” It drove our daughter CRAZY and she stopped tormenting the cat within just a few days. Then, we really went out of our way to give her MEGA praise when she would treat the cat well. If we saw her petting the cat gently or playing with him nicely, we really played up how wonderful that was and would sometimes even surprise her with little prizes — “wow, you are so nice to the kitty — how would you like a sticker.” At Thanksgiving, my family was talking to us that we should give away the cat because of how our daughter was treating him. At Christmas, my family was praising us for getting our daughter’s behavior with him completely under control. It was a frustrating experience, but we are at last a family at peace!


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