I’m going to preface this post with the fact that I’ve lived seven decades and I’ve not only seen a moral degeneration over the years, but I’ve seen some of the most basic manners  disappear from society.  Most children are taught to say, “please and thank you,” they know to cover their mouths when they cough, but with the dawn of the electronic age, some of the simplest courtesies have been lost to texting, tweeting or social media.  I’ve listed ten easy ways for you and your children to be more interactive.

  • Children need boundaries.  You’re not their friend.  You’re their parent – their role model – their hero.  Take your job seriously.
  • Limit the time spent on electronics.  Show them there are other ways to communicate.  Meals and time spent traveling from one event to another are perfect opportunities to talk.
  • Teach them to respect others. They should look up to those in authority – this reaches far beyond the home.  I’m talking about teachers, grandparents, the police, pastors, politicians and other kids.  Everyone matters in this world.
  • Be kind by being unselfish, caring, thoughtful and sincere.  Some of your child’s lifetime friendships will be formed with this attitude.
  • Solve problems in an logical way, without resorting to anger or violence.
  • Don’t go to bed angry.
  • Pray with them.
  • Be a good example.
  • Teach them the simple things – courtesy – waiting for others to be seated before eating – not speaking badly of others –  look someone in the eye when talking to them –  shake hands firmly – say excuse me – all those simple things that have been missing from society for a long time.
  • Love one another as God first loved us.

This is just the beginning.   The Golden Rule states, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”  Here’s ten more that state God’s expectations for us.


Even though we’ve become a very casual society, our kids need to be taught how to relate to others in all settings.  The Ten Commandments were carved in stone so they should be engrained in our hearts as well.


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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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  1. Gems of wisdom here Kathy. Thank you.


  2. davidkitz says:

    Some great thoughts in this post. I have trouble picking out a favorite. But I think, ‘Pray with them.’ rates very high in my opinion.

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    • atimetoshare says:

      Thank you so much. I like that one too. There are probably at least a hundred more, but this might be a good start. I appreciate your comments.


  3. I totally agree with all you’ve said. Working on improving my approach to my grandchildren and how they treat others.

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    • atimetoshare says:

      I guess it’s up to us granny’s to approach this subject. The world has changed so much. Everything is so fast paced, informal and technological that manners aren’t high on the list of priorities. I teach drama and public speaking so I try to incorporate this into my teaching as well. There still will be times when the younger ones will need to know how to behave properly. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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