Mama Henley, just blogged about "rules" her family had growing up. It reminded me of one rule my family had. It so sticks out in my mind: Always thank the person who gives you a ride home.
I can remember practicing with my mother. "Goodbye Mrs. So-and-So. Thank you for the ride!" It must be genuine, and our tone must reflect our true thanks. And it was said every... single... time an adult other than our parents brought us home. My sister and I were in numerous carpools for church choir, ballet, gymnastics - you name it! It became rote. And it still is... now for Sumter and Jackson.
I feel like my own mother, reminding them "don't forget to thank Mr. or Mrs. So-and-So for the ride!" And they always remember. I know, because Mr. or Mrs. So-and-So tell me. We parents notice these things, don't we? We notice gratitude and good manners. We notice when our children show thanks.
Yes, we do... and we notice when our children's friends don't...