KNOWING THAT what people called “good manners” were simply ways of treating others with respect and kindness, Amy and Matt wanted to instill those attitudes early on in their child. Having observed other small children acting rudely, they decided it was time for Josh to learn politeness before a problem arose.
In discussing how best to teach the behaviors they wanted from him, they came up with a Whale Done way of practicing them. Matt said he wanted to be the point person, so that Saturday he and Josh sat down on the living room couch, and Matt set a bowl of Cheerios®—Josh’s favorite cereal—on the coffee table.
“You and Daddy are going to play a game, okay?” Matt announced.
Josh nodded, ...