Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Yes Ma'am, Yes Sir!!

Last night I took Jake to a Kempo Karate orientation to see what he thought of it, and what we (as parents) thought of it. He loved it. Matt and I really saw the benefits of it. He earned his white belt last night. He also had homework. He had to say "yes ma'am" to me 6 times before bed and "yes sir" 6 times to Matt before bed. This was very interesting to me.

I think as I get older, I am seeing the generations following me having less and less respect for people. So last night Jake started off doing a pretty good job remembering to say it, but by bedtime he had not completed it 6 times. So we talked about it and I shared with him different times he could have said it but didn't. It got me thinking of how odd it was to have to explain to my 8 year old when to say "yes ma'am". It also made me realize that Matt and I need to do a better job in teaching our children how to respect adults. While I do not feel they are rude or completely disrespectful to adults, not knowing when to say "yes sir" or "yes ma'am" shows me that we have work to do.

I think Karate will be a good choice for Jake. He will be able to learn discipline, self control, respect....and we will be old and broke!!! I had no idea how expensive Karate was. So now we are weighing out our options. And he is begging to go back.

The joys of parenting!


metromom said...

seriously you want to raise well rounded kids, but dang it gets expensive!!! i'm sure we've only hit the tip of the iceberg. it may be karate now, but in a few years it'll, college,'re lucky you've just got boys!

LunarWorld said...

We never had to say "Yes, Sir" and "Yes, Ma'am", although we knew HOW to say it, but we had to call all adults Mr. and Mrs. NO first names! I don't feel disrespected when the kids in our church call me by my first name, but I also don't really consider myself an adult, so...

Have I mentioned how glad I am that you're blogging?

WIMom said...

You know, I hadn't even thought about how to teach all of this stuff to Braden. Thanks for the heads up and great example. I appreciate your honesty! You're awesome.