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With social niceties like 'Please' and 'Thank You', teaching them is often a combination of training and understanding. Both should be used together, in order to be most effective. This is similar to learning arithmetic: you should learn why 2+2=4, but you also at some point need to memorize the basic sums in order to use them efficiently and progress to ...


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The best way might be to show why people are polite to one another. It's mostly because we are more likely to respond favorably to people who are nice to us. My daughter sometimes has a tendency to just shout "Water!" when she is thirsty, which we almost always respond to with "can you ask nicely?". If she does, we give her water immediately. If she ...


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It's a two-year-old question, but a couple of thoughts: I don't see anything categorically wrong with a parent crying in front of a child ... but I think you need to be careful that you do not burden a child with adult concerns. If grandpa just died, I think it's quite appropriate for parent and child to cry together. We can't hide the fact that grandpa ...


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When I was a toddler, my mother attached hand-made labels to many of the objects in our house. She would write the word for an object ("table" "pillow" "cabinet" "doll" "bed" etc.) on a small-ish piece of paper and tape it to the object in a place where a small child would be able to see it. Our whole house was covered in these labels at one point. It might ...



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