My 10th grade Bible teacher once told us that he would always love his boys, but because other people wouldn't be so inclined, he and his wife discplined their children and taught them manners. I think this principle of child rearing has been forgotten by many these days. We are often around children who are not taught good behavior, and while the parents love their children... many others do not readily enjoy being around them. How sad that parents think they're doing their children a favor, but are really hindering them.
While working with the children here in school, I come across many poems and stories. When I hear something I really like, I write it down so that I can remember it for future reference -- for example, if we end up homeschooling our child(ren), I might have them learn some of these poems... even if we don't homeschool them, they're just neat little things to help teach children important lessons.
Mrs. Bere read this poem to the children today. It reminded me of my Bible teacher's words, and I thought it was a cute reminder for using good language and manners...
God wants us to be polite
In all we do and say
“Excuse me,” “please,” and “thank you”
Are words we need each day.