By Deneitra Hutchinson
Special to The Advertiser
My friend Renee and I were discussing how to teach our preschoolers to say "the magic word" - "please" - when they wanted something. But Renee said she had to switch from calling it "the magic word" to "the polite word."
Why the change?
Her son, Max, had recently turned 4 when he received a magic set for his birthday. Then his aunt and uncle visited from the Mainland, and Max wanted to show off his magic skills. But there was a problem: During his magic tricks, when Maxs aunt said, "Whats the magic word?," Max would wave his magic wand and say, "Please!"
Renee realized she needed a different approach. She began teaching Max that "Abracadabra!" is "the magic word" that every good magician needs to know.
Then, Renee taught Max that "please" is "the polite word" to say when he wanted something.
This didnt work as well as she had planned, however.
A few days later, Max asked his aunt for a cup of juice. His Aunt Pam, unaware of his vocabulary lesson, asked Max, "Whats the magic word?"
He replied, "Abracadabra!"
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