What happens at FHE, stays at FHE.
Unless you blog about your FHEs...which I do, so here we go.
I asked Scarlett to lead us in singing "Kindness Begins With Me," but instead we got a rip-roaring rendition of John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. And that's pretty much how our night went: high-energy all the way. (We did eventually get to sing the song about kindness as Scarlett loves to lead and sing.)
I asked Guy to read any verse of scripture he wanted to us. He started at Genesis 1 and just kept going. Steve and I exchanged very satisfied looks as we watched Guy proudly reading scriptures to us on his own.
I used the lesson to review what constitutes "good manners." Common courtesies like using an "inside voice," putting others' needs first, sharing, speaking kindly, showing gratitude.
Since I didn't feel like doing the lesson I had planned, I was glad that I had my "back-up box" of FHE lessons to go to. Years ago my mom was part of an FHE lesson exchange group. She has passed on some of those prepared lessons to each of her children.
The lesson on manners had little bad and good manners "people" on popsicle sticks with a little story to go along with it. Very simple. The kids enjoyed holding up each character and deciding if that person ever lives at OUR house.
We did some role playing of good manners in all sorts of situations such as what do you say when a friend knocks on your door and wants to play? What do you say and do when they leave? How do you act courteously at church? What do you do when you finish a meal? What if you accidentally step on someone else's foot or walk between two people who are having a conversation? It's good to lay out the manners landscape for the kiddos every now and again, although this is something that we try to teach and model day in and day out.
I absolutely do not love it when other people correct my children on their manners. After all, pointing out the bad manners of others...is bad manners. Don't they know that? :)
I like manners. While appropriate behavior varies from situation to situation and from country to country, it's best to remember the reason why we try to use good manners: to show respect and kindness for others. If we remember the reason why customary "good manners" exist, we'll always know what to do.