I got her a Karen Katz book on politeness called Excuse Me!, and it's a big hit. I often get her either Sesame Street or Karen Katz books when I need to teach her something, because she loves them both so much. Karen Katz books are great because they are all lift-the-flap books, which is toddler bestseller material, right up there with textured pages and pictures of puppies.
One of the pages asks, "What do you say when Daddy asks if you want a special treat? Yes, please!" Maeve has caught this ball and run with it. She was squeaking Special treat, yes, please! all over the house yesterday morning. So I did the only reasonable thing and let her have a slice of sprinkle cake for breakfast. As Cosby once said, cake has all the ingredients of breakfast, anyway.
But we had lots of success yesterday. She won't do it without prompting just yet, but with a little nudge, I heard lots of 'Scuse me, and in the right context, and even some Yes, please, even if it was used as a begging tool. Little by little, my girl is picking up what she needs to be a polite, smart, funny, wacky bigger person.
My polite little ballerina, working on her pirouettes.