The Magic of Magic Words: Teaching Kids- and Grown Ups- To Say “Please” and “Thank You”

In my line of work, I have to deal with children every single day.  What I do is not for the faint of heart, that I can say with certainty.  In the middle of all the shushes and tests of patience, I always remind them to use the magic words “Please” and “Thank You”.

These words are called magic words for a reason.  They bring a smile to even the most downtrodden employee.  If somebody politely asks you to help her look for a book on elephants, you’d feel compelled to willingly help her despite the fact that you’ve been buried under tons of work for the past hour.  And when you hear a Thank You after you’ve helped her, that’s simply music to your ears.

Magic words are polite ways to show somebody that you appreciate whatever it is he or she has done for you.  We are all wrapped up in our own preoccupations, so it really does take a lot for one to go the extra mile to lend you a hand.  The least he or she deserves is a Thank You.

As parents, teaching our kids the habit of saying please and thank you is similar to passing on the torch of good values to them.  It signifies our love for them, our intent to mold them into respectful individuals.  This habit instills in our kids the value of gratitude.  They learn to appreciate what other people do for them.

Even as grown ups, we should always remember to say these magic words.  It says a lot about how well-mannered we are.  No matter how hunky you are, if you don’t know how to say Thank You, that is a MAJOR turnoff!

It doesn’t take much to say Please or Thank You.  Remember to use these magic words, and you’re sure to brighten someone’s day.