Mission #1: Raise them to be kind and polite
I brought groceries home today, and Nick greeted me at the door with a huge smile. He said:
"Thank you so much Mom! Great job! You bought these for me? Can I give you a hug? "
He proceeded to open each bag as if they were presents. He opened a bag with two rotisserie chickens...
"You bought chicken for me, Mom! Thank you so much! I love these, these are my favorite!"
Oops, I bought two that was a mistake.
"It's OK, Mom. Don't worry about it. Can I give you a hug and a kiss?"
"Dad, look shaving creme. Mom bought you shaving creme. Hug Mom, Dad, give her a hug. Now say thank you. Now you're supposed to say you're welcome. Look Dad, Mom bought your favorite drink. Give her a hug. Thank you Mom, thank you!"Don't you wish you were greeted with groceries like that? After you've dealt with mad, resting grumpy face, grocery store shoppers who are mad that it's snowing, AGAIN, and to be greeted like that by Nick is just awesome, really awesome!
Alex also used to cry at daycare if someone else didn't have a milk, and he did. Jack also has a special place in his heart for special needs kids, and goes out of his way to help them at school.
Of course they're not perfect, but they're doing pretty well in this department. Always room for improvement though.
Mission #2: Mind your basics
Seeing that you're only 4, 6, and 9, that's enough of a mission for now. We love seeing you guys grow, and become these great, little people. We'll do everything we can to fight for you, now make sure you do your part.
Your fans, Mom and Dad