As the mother of four, one of my mom's mantras was, "Remember to say please and thank you!"
Whether she was dropping us off at a birthday party or we were out running errands, manners mattered.
Being polite was an automatic in our household so it didn't take any effort to relay that message to my own kids from the get go.
Teaching your tot etiquette — everything from what's appropriate in certain situations to which fork to use at a dinner party — is a gift that keeps giving.
Are manners important in your household?