Yes Siree! Mind Your Manners


“Yes sir, no sir. Yes ma’am, no ma’am.” These phrases still matter. Even to God! Kelli nudges us to keep at it when it comes to teaching, modeling, and expecting our kids to use manners.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

My son is in Cotillion.  He calls it “fancy class”.  It is a southern tradition of teaching proper etiquette, manners and dancing.  He hates it.  He hated it up until I read him the text from my friend that was instructing that evening, “I was so grateful for your son’s manners and ability to step up and help as an example”.   He did not hate hearing that.   

Good manners will never be out of style or old fashioned because treating people well will never ever be a thing of the past.  In fact, it will shine brighter as the world lets manners slide.

A “yes sir” and firm handshake.  Looking one another in the eye.  Holding a door open for a lady or older person.  Not drooling at the table.  Waiting our turn.   All of these and so many more will get the attention of people.  And once we have their attention, they can see Christ in us. 

Simple manners do something mighty powerful in us.  They give us confidence.  It fortifies our reputation.  And it reflects well on Jesus.

  1. Practice. It’s a hard balance of teaching manners and nagging about manners.  Opportunities to practice manners to the point of them becoming natural are boundless.  Teach them at the table.  Wait for the door to be held open.  Show them how to communicate with manners.  Be consistent, model it yourself and expect it of them.  They will rise to the occasion.
  2. Encourage. When you see them being intentional about their manners, let them know!  Praise them (in a subtle way if needed).  Make the transfer of the actual action to the benefits it will have for them … show them when eye contact is made it results in being known and respected.
  3. Blame Camp.  Tell them camp said they need to have manners.  It’s okay, you can blame us.  We are good with that.  We teach our coaches the same way (short of silverware placement).  We teach them and expect them to greet parents with eye contact and a handshake.  The boys know to open doors and the girls know to graciously receive.  Meals, you ask?  Well, like your home … it’s a work in progress too, but we dare anyone to put their elbows on the table during lunch around camp in the summer!

Manners matter because people matter.  God takes great pride in the people He created.  We need to follow His example in the way we present ourselves and the way we treat one another.  Not only does it show respect to those we come in contact with, but it shows the respect and admiration for God and His creations.

Camper Corner:

On a scale of one to ten, how well does our family do with teaching and following manners?  How well do you use manners? Who do you know who has great manners?  What do you notice about them?

Related Blogs

  • How Does God’s Daily Provision Affect Our Resilience?

    Hey Camp Family! My name is Stacy Garrett and I’m a camp registrar.  Today let’s look at how focusing on God’s provision in our lives can help us be resilient people. Scripture Matthew 6:25 & 26 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your...

    Learn more
  • How can a Child be Confident in their Beliefs while Respecting People with Opposing Beliefs?

    Hey Camp Family! Lauren Stacy, Camp Travis Women’s Director, gives perspective on how to give a reason for the hope we have in Christ Jesus…even when others disagree. Scripture 1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the...

    Learn more
  • How to Help our Kids Know the “Why’s” of Faith

    Hey Camp Family! Janna Kelsey, Camp Store Manager, shares the importance of equipping our kids with the ability to explain why they believe what they believe. Scripture 1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for...

    Learn more
  • What is the Importance of Enjoying Nature?

    Hey Camp Family! Madi Tipton, Base Camp Women’s Director, reminds us of so many benefits of enjoying God’s creation out in nature. Scripture Romans 1:19-20 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived,...

    Learn more
  • How Can Parents Help Kids when it Comes to Pornography?

    Hey Camp Family! Welcome back. This week on Family Matters, we’re going to talk about how you as parents can help equip your sons and daughters to handle pornography. Scripture John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Video Reflect Have the courage to approach the topic of...

    Learn more
  • Why is it Important for Parents to Pray WITH Kids?

    Hey Camp Family! Modeling how to connect with God through prayer is one of the absolute greatest gifts parents can give kids. Scripture Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Video Reflect Model talking with God this shows He is approachable! Pray early, pray often, pray consistently. Be worthy...

    Learn more