The Romper Room Do Bee Book of Manners
Nancy Claster ~ Art Seiden ~ Wonder Books, 1960
My son has been an absolute terror since Christmas. It's like turning six made him instantly disrespectful and contrary. Talking back. Name calling. Doing the exact opposite of what I ask. We had a family meeting upon returning from vacation, and I realized I've been lax in my milestone observations. Little did I know that six is when children spread their wings and test boundaries more consistently.
I've instituted some new house rules and am trying to alter my own behavior so as to not make the problem worse, and over the last few days, it seems to be working. Making this resource as helpful as it is charmingly retro.
For those of us old enough to remember Romper, you will recall the giant bumble bee named Do-Bee that delighted young viewers with his lessons in being awesome. Those sentiments still hold true today, so I'm hoping it will sink in with the boy.
This is a Do Bee. He's a cheerful, smiling fellow. This is a grouchy old Don't Be. He's never very happy. My name is Bobby. I try very hard all day to be a Do Bee. That means I try to be polite, and helpful, and cheerful, from morning till night.
Ah, we should all "bee" so lucky to have a Bobby in our lives. But sometimes, we have to love our children unconditionally, no matter how big a jerk they are being.
Seven is only ten months away, right?
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