We’re constantly working with, and reminding, the Cub how important it is to use the ‘magic’ words – not only with us, but on a regular basis. We’ve been noticing lately while we’re out and about, after he utters a ‘thank-you’ we’re hearing a lot of ‘no problem’ from teenagers, as well as adults.
The words “no problem” remind me of being on the beach in Jamaica, where every question, comment, request, etc. is met with “no problem mon (man).” In Jamaica, it works, in the States… not so much. For many, hearing the words “no problem” is like hearing the proverbial fingernails on a chalkboard.
When someone says “thank-you”, the proper response is “you are welcome” or “my pleasure” (as Chick-fil-A has perfected). SO often you hear the response, “no problem”, which implies that what the person just did for you could have been an imposition or caused you trouble.
And, speaking of ‘magic words’, “please” goes a long way when making a request!
- “Hand me the pencil.”
- “Will you hand me the pencil?”
- “Will you please hand me the pencil?”
They’re little words that make a big difference. And… it’s the little things in life that make us all happy, right!?