Parents have a right to expect that their children over five years of age will have good manners at all times, but especially when strangers are visiting. A mother or father is sometimes very embarrassed when a child behaves poorly in front of visitors. Do you know why? Well, the parent thinks that the visitor will wonder whether the child was ever taught proper manners. The visitor might say to himself, "what kind of home does this child come from? Haven't his parents taught him to dress neatly? Haven't they taught him to keep himself clean? Doesn't he know how to eat properly? Can't he even say, 'hello' or 'thank you' or 'goodbye'?"
There aren't too many times that parents get angry, but bad manners sure get them hot under the collar. And they are right, for if we don't learn good manners as a child, we may never learn them.