Be persistent in teaching your teen that a little civility goes a long way in this world
Some teenagers just don't believe in manners.
You may be familiar with this scene: You and your son have been seated at a restaurant for about 15 minutes when the waiter brings out one of your meals.
“Who has the chicken parmesan?” the waiter asks.
“Me.” Your son digs into his food as soon as the plate is placed in front of him.
“Jordan, wait until my meal comes before you start eating. The polite thing to do is to wait until everyone is served before you start to eat.”
“Mmpf,” your son says, his mouth full of chicken parmesan.
Later, as you ride home in the car, you ask: “Jordan, when are you going to learn to have manners? You can't go through life acting like some kind of uncivilized savage.”