We've been working on getting our children to say please and thank you more. So my husband has been saying, "Thank you for this awesome dinner you made, Mommy!" at dinner. I've tried to remember to thank him and the children for any help they did in getting dinner on the table.
It started catching on! All on her own, tonight my five year old said:
"Thank you for the awesome dinner, Mommy. I mean, it's not really that cool of a dinner, you know, but..."
Time to work on tact.
P.S. It was pasta salad. So it was not the most awesome dinner, but it was dinner. And her definition of an awesome dinner would actually be hot dogs.