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We are in Georgia visiting my parents! Also it’s in the 40’s and my hair is as flat as a pancake!
I am basically in heaven.
My mom and I ran out to the grocery store last night for some last-minute Thanksgiving items. While we were there, I couldn’t help but notice how all of the employees of this very-Southern establishment addressed me with, “Yes, ma’am,” and, “No, ma’am,” and they looked me in the eyes and there was politeness all over the place.
It got me to thinking how my South Florida boys sometimes need 14 reminders to say please and thank you and that is just not okay with me.
Each page in this amazing book features different scenes and situations where kids say please – from finding an adorable stray dog to needing a hug to finding a friend for a seesaw ride. Give Please a Chance helps children see the power in this very magic word!
With two beloved authors and 17 different illustrators, your kids will find Give Please a Chance delightfully inspiring in the politeness direction!
With the holidays being here, I know that there will be lots of opportunities for my boys to practice their manners. Meeting new faces at Christmas parties, responding courteously to family members, and <<here’s a biggie for my picky eaters>> politely receiving or declining holiday meal offerings.
After we read Give Please a Chance, I thought it would be fun for us to play a game to help us put our new understanding of the word please to work AND help us get ready for our Thanksgiving feast at Mom-Mom’s!
Here’s how to play the Thanksgiving/Holiday Meal Manners Game…
First, print out the FREE Printable Holiday Meal Food Cards at the bottom of this post.
Cut the cards out and tape or glue them to some paper plates.
Next have everyone in the family gather to play!
Pass a plate with a food on it to someone and say, “Would you like some ((turkey))?”
Then that person must say either, “Yes, please,” or “No, thank you.”
After that person responds, they take the plate and pass it to the next person and say, “Would YOU like some ((turkey))?”
That person must answer by saying, “Yes, please,” or “No, thank you.”
And so on!
It’s that simple! Repetition and practice is the name of the game here!
If Mr. B. is involved, then things might get a little silly because he will eat basically anything you put in front of him.
Mr. B. loved our hypothetical Thanksgiving table.
And I appreciated his enthusiasm for the vegetables. #rolemodeling
But he tried to steal Jethro’s plate and he drank straight out of the gravy boat.
Which actually isn’t very good manners. 🙂
By the end of our game, Mr. B. was pretty stuffed from saying “Yes, please” to everything.
I bet you that Mr. B. will look just like he does in the photo above come 8 pm Thanksgiving night.
We had a lot of fun practicing our manners! We’ll see how my boys do at the real feast tomorrow!
Would you like to play this game?
Also, would you like a copy of James Patterson and Bill O’Reilly’s new book Give Please a Chance???
Thanks to Jimmy Patterson Books, I am giving away ONE (1) copy of Give Please a Chance AND ONE (1) $50 Visa gift card to build your library of manners books!
How to enter???
Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win or share a fun manners story about your kids! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my sweet international readers). The giveaway will end at 12:00 am on Wednesday, November 30 (EST). A winner will be selected shortly after and notified by e-mail. If winner does not respond within 24 hours, a second winner will be chosen. Prizes provided by Jimmy Patterson Books. Thank you for entering!
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