We practice manners almost every minute that Emmy is awake.
Usually the first words out of her mouth in the morning? "I watch Tooey Tooey" (read: Toy Story). I correct her and make her repeat with me "Mama, may I watch Toy Story please?".
Almost everything she wants starts with "my". I know in her mind it means the same thing as "may I please have". And gosh darn it, the little girl is smart- why use 4 words when you can use 1? But I love her and I want her to be a well mannered and respectful child. So, as much as humanly possible, we say things using manners.
Today on the way home from church, I hear from the backseat "My Tooey Tooey please?". Ah, sweet victory is mine. She just said please without being prompted! I immediately turned on the movie for her and commended her for using manners. As soon as I started praising her, I then hear "May I please watch Tooey?". WHAT? Even better!
Now I'm no dummy. I am pretty certain these events will be few and far between. But I'm so glad my little "Emmy honey" is starting to use her manners, all by herself.