How we live in
relation to one another is becoming increasingly important, even in our parenting.
According to one source, “Politeness is making a comeback. Growing numbers
of Americans say that parents need to teach their children good behavior. Between
1991 and 1995, the share of U.S. adults who agree that good manners and politeness
are among the most important qualities for parents to instill in children rose
10 percentage points, to 59 percent. Americans now rate manners and politeness
as the most important qualities to encourage in children, ahead of 10 other
traits, including a sense of responsibility, tolerance and respect for others,
and religious faith.”
– Roper Starch Worldwide, as reported in American
Demographics, March 1997, p. 37
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