For months now, when S wanted me to take something out of her hands, she’d say ta, ta, ta, ta, taaa, ta, ta… until I did it.
I suppose because whenever someone has handed her something they’ve tended to say “ta!” she thought that was what the word meant: “take this thing out of my hand!”
Just recently, she’s been saying “thank you” – or her own version of it , “da-doo” when I’ve taken something from her.
I’m not really one for forcing a child into politeness, so I’ve not corrected her or tried to force her into understanding how to say it; I think the best way is to lead by example, so I just make sure I say “thank you” when she gives me something – or when I have to try and wrestle a pen from her hand for bed time!
Yesterday evening we came in from nursery and I decided it might be nice to sit together and watch Arthur Christmas together (because I am a sucker for Christmas movies). We went to the kitchen and I got her a cracker. As I handed it to her I said, “can you say thank you?”

That’s the first time she’s ever associated saying thank you with taking something, rather than giving it. And she said it so sweetly, with a big old cheesy grin on her face like she knew she’d done something fairly awesome.

And then we sat and watched Arthur Christmas and had some cuddles.

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Vicky is a mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. She writes about life as a single mother, parenting and lifestyle type things.


Mummy Tries · 13/11/2013 at 10:55

It's so lovely when they start speaking, cherish those little made up words because they don't last long! #SSAmazingAchievements

MamaMummyMum · 13/11/2013 at 13:05

Great achievement x

Redpeffer · 13/11/2013 at 19:42

That's lovely, I can remember some of my eldest's funny words but really wished I'd recorded them. I too love Christmas films and was wondering whether I could start watching them this weekend-reading your post has given me the green light-we're going for it!

Laura Huggins · 13/11/2013 at 20:26

Clever S!!! And well done Mummy for teaching manners at a young age.<br /><br />Popping over from #SSAmazingAchievements and also my Weekend Blog Hop<br /><br />Laura x x x

Steph Curtis · 13/11/2013 at 21:14

Very cute :)

BakedPotatoMummy · 13/11/2013 at 22:13

Oh how lovely. S can say &#39;Pee&#39; (please) when he wants something, but hasn&#39;t grasped the concept of thank you yet. It&#39;s lovely when you realised they&#39;ve picked something up like that!

Pinkoddy · 13/11/2013 at 23:11

Aww that is sweet – and there&#39;s nothing better than hearing good manners (apart from mommy and love you of course)

Sarah · 14/11/2013 at 18:53

Bless her! We get peese and ta xx

sabrina montagnoli · 15/11/2013 at 14:41

That is awesome!

Jane Roberts · 16/11/2013 at 11:21

What a lovely moment and I love that you got to have cuddles and watch a movie together too. <br /><br />Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)<br />x

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