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Source: It appears to me that good manners seem to be lacking these days. Many of us were taught from childhood how to be polite. We learned to say please and thank you, how to respect our el- ders, and how to be nice to other chil- dren and animals. However, as our society has become more mobile, fast paced, and "I want it now," the use of manners seems to have declined. With the rise in divorce rates, a prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, and increasing world violence, many families are struggling to sur- vive and thrive. Manners are tossed aside. You may notice adults having tem- per tantrums in the fast food drive- thru or young and old not saying please and thank you while demanding that others treat them as royalty. Being rude and insensitive seems to be pretty common these days, but without good manners people get of- fended and hurt. Communication breaks down. As human beings we make mis- takes, get in a hurry, and sometimes forget how to be nice in the daily rat race. It's easy to slip up and acciden- tally cut off another driver or rush through the door without noticing someone else waiting to go through. Being able to say you are sorry and mean it can heal many wrongs. The im- portance of good manners seems obvi- ous to me but not to others who want to bully, demand, and expect entitlement for things not earned. It is important to acknowledge and appreciate good manners from others. Give positive feedback when you see someone doing the right thing. Be a role model for good behavior. Remember young and old are watch- ing how you respond and manage sit- uations. Manners create expectations for how people behave. Would you give yourself a thumbs- up or thumbs-down to these state- ments? • I try to be polite and considerate all the time. • I say please and thank you. • I use the Golden Rule (treat oth- ers like I would like to be treated). • I keep my word. • I turn off my cell phone in meet- ings, banks, doctor's office, etc. Tips for adults interested in improv- ing children's social behavior include the following: • Stress to children the importance of treating others the same way they like to be treated. • Help children understand the harm caused by thoughtless, unkind words and actions. • Role-play difficult situations for children in order to demonstrate ap- propriate responses. • Establish a politeness policy for basic manners. • Teach children the importance of thinking of others, like writing thank- you notes. Manners have changed a lot through the years and are still changing. They are more relaxed than they were 100 years ago. Our society needs manners to function in a healthy and productive manner. Use your good manners. Teach your children, and let's strive for a healthi- er community and world. This column is written by Katherine S. Baker, LCSW, school social worker for Youth First, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to strengthening youth and families. Youth First provides 55 Mas- ter's level social workers to 76 schools in 10 Indiana counties. Over 38,000 youth and families per year have access to Youth First's school social work and after-school programs that prevent sub- stance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success. I am now of the age when all of my friends' daughters are becoming Girl Scouts. They post pictures of their cute kids in their blue Dai- sy uniforms and talk about meetings and singing songs and everlasting friendships and sewing patches and community work. It gives me hives. I loathed every minute of my time in the oddly color- ed scratchy vests. If memory serves me right, I was kicked out once for defiant gum chew- ing. Another time, it was be- cause I had climbed a tree I was not supposed to climb and then hoisted the troop leader's daughter up the tree. It's not my fault that girl then fell and broke her leg, right? And the third time was on a camping trip. A fter I removed a spi- der from our tent, a girl led a chant of "Spider Girl" be- cause I had touched a dad- dy longlegs, and the only option I had was to punch that girl in the face. Appar- ently, the only option for the troop leader was to then put me on dish duty and call my mom to pick me up. I took the Girl Scout three-finger pledge and made my own pledge not to return, though I cannot be sure my personal pledge in- cluded all three fingers. I was not sad. I didn't like the kids. I didn't like the crafts. I didn't like the songs. The only thing I was looking forward to was taking camping trips, which I never made it to be- cause I was sent home on the first night of my first camping trip for delivering (if you're asking 8 -year-old me) a well-deserved face punch. The only things I missed about Girl Scouts were the cookies. The years I was a Girl Scout — and only the years I was a Girl Scout — my parents bought an abundance of cookie boxes. How lucky that I was never kicked out before cookie selling sea- son! My mom and I would pore over the long foldout form for signing up neigh- bors who wanted a box or 12. We would read every de- scription over and over un- til we memorized it so I could give the cookie information to prospective pur- chasers in great detail. We would obsess over which flavors to get and how many. And the level of excitement reached when we opened that year's new flavor is unmatched in my adult life. Will it be dis- gusting or life-altering? It was like an innocent pre- cursor to the gamble of spin the bottle when the only spit that could wind up in your mouth was your own after accidentally eating a cookie with coconut. Gross. (Sor- ry, fans of Samoas.) I hated Girl Scouts. But I loved Girl Scout cookies. Losing access to the de- liciousness inside those brightly colored boxes was the collateral damage of be- ing dumped by the Brown- ies. It wasn't until college, when my best friend's younger sister came to our dorm to take orders, that it even occurred to me that I could buy a box on my own. Heck, I was an adult. I could get myself cookies if I wanted! I looked over the list, delighting in the new flavors. Alas, I didn't have the money for a box. May- be next year. I told myself it was bet- Continued on page 5

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