I was brought up with fairly strict about manners. I was taught not to interrupt adults, to chew with my mouth closed. To use my napkin, let others be served first. Sit like a lady, not to belch or pass gas in public. Wear clean underwear, not to talk back to adults. Say please and thank you. I'm sure most of you know what I mean by the basics of manners. I have to say I am shocked by the kids I see these days. Talking rudely to adults, eating with their mouths open and with food in them. Shoving and pushing by adults. Always having to be first to get food at dinner time. Being taught by adults to act tough and "gangsta". Being encouraged to fight. I have tried to raise my kids with manners. My son I did pretty good, my daughter can be very rude to me but is polite in public and in school. My stepson is a whole different story. I told him today he must be a throw back to the Neanderthals and he didn't know what meant. He thinks it is funny to fart out loud and in groups of people, especially at school. He will jam large quantities of food in his mouth and let it dangle out while chewing. I could go on all day about his behavior. I find it just shocking and upsetting. One of the big problems in my marriage is the behavior of this kid. I try talking to my husband about it but he basically said that the kid is too old now to teach him anything? I said "Are you out of your mind? He is only 14. This kid refuses to brush his teeth because he said it makes "food taste funny" after.
I need to see my counselor and talk to my stepson's counselor too before I loose my mind!