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Old 01-13-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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The conversations that every pediatrician has, over and over, about “limit setting” and “consistently praising good behavior” are conversations about manners.
And when you are in the exam room with a child who seems to have none, you begin to wonder what is going on at home and at school, and questions of family dysfunction or neurodevelopmental problems begin to cross your mind.

Dr. Howard suggested that the whole “manners” concept might seem a little out of date — until you recast it as “social skills,”
Social skills are necessary for school success, she pointed out; they affect how you do on the playground, in the classroom, in the workplace.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/health/13klas.html



http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/12/a-pediatricians-view-of-rude-children/
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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Thank god I'm not a pediatric dentist! You couldn't pay me enough to work on kids all day, I'll stick with the adults. That doesn't mean I see children because I do, and some are good, but for the most part the ones I do see do not behave so I send them off to the pediatric dentist.
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Little kids are a mirror reflection of their parents. They hear how their parents answer the phone, deal with traffic, talk to their friends & spouse, etc. This is the cue the kids will take and grow from in figuring out how they are supposed to deal with the world around them.

My kids could be sass maniacs at home, but to this day, they have never ever been rude or mean to a doctor, teacher, boss, waitress or stranger because they didn't see it growing up. This is one area in my mothering years that I am actually very proud of. I raised 'nice and polite' kids.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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I read that article and I agree kids are a reflection on their parents. Rude, ill mannered spoiled kids grow up to be irritating adults.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:48 PM
 
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Again, you couldn't pay me to work on children all day long, no thanks, I'll stick with adult dentistry.
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