Say “Please”

We all eat dinner together as a family, although Mayuki shows a variable amount of interest in the food on offer. I wouldn’t say that she’s picky, but what she decides to eat varies from day to day.

Sometimes, she decides that she wants to be fed, and asks Yuriko or me for food. It’s usually me, and not because Yuriko refuses. Very often, she’s asking for more rice. (Of course, other days she leaves half or more of her rice untouched. Babies are predictable and consistent. Why would you think otherwise?) I normally ask her what she wants, so “Do you want some rice?”, for example, and if I’m right she raises her hand and says “hai”, which is Japanese for “yes”. It’s very cute.

Today, I decided to start trying to teach her some manners, so after she’d said she wanted rice, I said “Can you say “please”?”. “Peeee”, said Mayuki. That’s close enough for now. She also said it on further occasions, with a bit of prompting, so maybe she won’t have to rely on being cute to get people to overlook her bad manners after all.