April POWerful Word – MANNERS – Week 1

We are taught when we are little that we should say “please” and “thank-you.” What makes these words important? Is the WAY you say something just as important as WHAT you say? For example, is there a difference between these 2 sentences: “Sit down here.” or “Could you come sit next to me please?” What is the difference (i.e. demand vs. polite request)? When we use the word “please” it’s like tacking on the words “with respect.” What’s the polite way of asking for help with homework (i.e. Would you please help me?)? What’s the demanding way (i.e. Help me now!)? When have you used the word “please” lately? Do we have to use polite words even with people who love us like our parents? When have you used the words “thank you” lately? When have you used “you’re welcome?”

If you have time: Is there a difference between saying “no problem,” “yup,” “it’s my pleasure,” or “you’re welcome” when someone says “thank you?”