old school lessons manners we teach our children


  • Reply Anonymous 2016 at 10:31 AM


    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 10:58 AM

      Thanks for the thumbs up! I knew I couldn’t be alone 🙂

  • Reply alexietyler 2016 at 6:55 PM

    These are SO important! They shouldn’t be considered old school! They are essential skills for being a productive and successful member of society! Good on you mama!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 7:05 PM

      Thanks. Have you ever watched some of these new “kids” shows?! They talk back, laugh at and make fun of their parents, heck no. It’s a shame, these are the shows some kids are growing up on.

  • Reply miriinthevillage 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Yes! We are also raising our son to call adults with “Miss” or “Mister” at the beginning of their names. It’s a southern thing. 🙂

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:40 PM

      Oh! That’s a must! I’m with you, no calling adults by their first name.

  • Reply Amanda Wells 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Great points! It’s a shame kids these days aren’t taught basic life skills, manners and etiquette. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply No More Unearned Trophies! 2016 at 7:06 AM

    […] Some organizations give out trophies to ALL the teams. I totally get this for the first few years. It does help kids with breaking out of their shells, developing people skills and confidence (see, I’m not heartless). After awhile though, it gets expected. Even the kids start to realize there’s no merit behind the gesture. As a parent, we have to be the ones to say, you know what, this activity was a real a struggle and I could see you didn’t really have fun, or interest in it. Let’s try something new next time. The goal here is to begin shaping teams into groups of interested kids who want to work hard, and (GUESS WHAT) can actually deal with losing. Not everyone can be the winner, and we don’t want to raise entitled kids who think everything should be fair all the time. (you know don’t play the “Fair” game-read about that here) […]

  • Reply drinkcoffeeandblog 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Glad I found your blog on the mommy link up today! I love these “old school” ways! Our biggest thing with our 5 year old is teaching her to LOOK at people when they’re talking – you look at teenagers today and they really do just look up in the air – so annoying. Good for you momma! By the way I read your ABOUT ME section and I love how your thoughts on Christianity have changed. I used to think the same thing. Crazy huh!
    Anyways, glad to be following your blog now!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:35 PM

      Yay for the link up! My son is getting older now, and I realize that you really do have to start teaching them early. You don’t want to have to back track and re-teach certain respect issues. If they only know one way, they’re more likely to put you in a different category than their friends. Thanks for perusing around my site, I’m so happy that we could connect-Isn’t great that we could make a decision for ourselves to be real and find our own paths. By the way Coffee and Blog…that’s pretty much sums up a big bulk of our lives HA!

  • Reply Suzanne Hines 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Yep! My kids will be (and already are) learning some of these! Dare I say that they will also be learning that they WILL get disciplined when they fail to follow rules.

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 8:43 PM

      Of course, because they’re going to test to see how far they can push you. Better you, to discipline with love, than someone else who has no connection to them. Keep on rockin’ mama! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Reply Rachel Peachey 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Amazing what becomes old school right? Sounds like some good limits and boundaries. I’m big on a lot of these, especially budgeting and cleaning up because everyone pitches in 🙂 Thanks for the read!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:54 PM

      So glad you stopped by Rachel! I’m so excited that my son has reached the age of Dishwasher Duty! And it’s really helping usher my little one along the way, she actually asks to help..who knew!?

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