Earlier this week The Mercury reported that bus etiquette was suffering in Tasmania and commuters were refusing to give up their seats for the pregnant and elderly. When a driver asked someone to give up their seat for a pregnant woman, the response was, “she chose to be pregnant”. Apparently this isn’t an isolated incident and people are generally behaving less well mannered in our society.
Then there is the subject of mobile phones, which many store owners complain about. People talk too loud, or they are distracted when they should be concentrating on those around them.
This week we are talking about manners, and honestly I found everyone to be really helpful throughout my two pregnancies – opening doors for me and allowing me to jump the toilet queue! I haven’t caught public transport for a long time so I cannot comment on that point.
Generally I find people to be friendly but maybe I just have one of those helpless faces and people feel sorry for me. I don’t know, I don’t live in one of the major capital cities so that might make a difference too.
Would you be offended if someone opened the door for you? I love it when it happens, I normally have my hands full but even if I’m flying solo without my children I think it’s a nice gesture. When it comes to manners, I am old fashioned – now where can I find someone to put their coat across a puddle for me?
I do think that mobile phones take away from face to face communications, if you meet up with someone for a coffee and they spend the whole time on their phone it shows that your company isn’t a priority. What do you think of mobile phones in our society? Problematic or should haters just “get over it”? Do you think SMS is impolite?
I will tell you one thing that I think is extremely rude – commenting on other people’s children. Being a parent is hard enough without strangers scrutinizing your offspring’s behaviour. If your child is misbehaving in public it is stressful enough without judgemental stares or comments…if you see a parent struggling, ignore it or offer a reassuring smile. Even the most well behaved child has their moments! Oh, and don’t ask to hold my baby if I don’t know you, . Do you agree? Have you ever made a negative comment to a parent?
Before this turns into a rant, I will move on and give you a say! My questions for you this week are – do you think manners are dying in this country? Would you give up your seat for a pregnant or elderly person? What have been your experiences both negative and positive? Do you think we need more “pleases” and “thank yous”?
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