Saying the "please" and "thank you" is a very big deal for Hubby and me. We enforce these magic words on Kuya and Kowi because we want to teach them about respect. Kuya has gotten it down to a tee. With Kowi, well, it's a different story.
Since Kowi is just three, she still forgets to say her pleases and thank yous. The house rule is that without the magic words, it's an automatic NO to whatever they're asking us to do. Sometimes Kowi can't understand how Hubby and I could turn down a simple request all because she forgot to say them.
Last night at the dinner table, Kowi asked me to get Stick-O for her. She didn't say "please" so I decided to remind her.
"Kowi, what do you say when you're asking me to do something?" I said.
"Mom, get me Stick-Oooooo." she said in a whiny tone.
"Not until you say the magic word." I reminded her.
She was quiet for a while. Hubby decided to join in.
"Mommy will not get anything for you because you forgot the magic word." He said. "Now, what do you say?"
At this point, Kowi was already making faces.
"What do you say, Kowi?" I added.
She said very quietly, "Hocus pocus?"