When Parley left a neighbor girl, hoping to return some dishes, standing at the doorstep the other day, I knew it was time to revisit 'answering the door etiquette'. I say revisit, because we've practiced many times before. So tonight I tried again. I started with a review:
--If someone we know well comes to the door, we greet them and invite them in.
--If someone comes to the door that we don't know, greet them and tell them you'll get mom and dad.
--If grandparents come to the door, since grandparents are always excited to see their grandkids, it's important that we show them we're excited to see them too. Saying something like, "Hi Grandma and Grandpa! Come on in!" would be great.
Then it was practice time.
"Parley, let's pretend I'm your grandparents and I'm coming to the door."
Me: knock, knock
Me: (waiting, gesturing, coaxing with my eyes--what next??)
Me: Parley, you forgot to invite me in. And remember, since I'm your grandparents, you should be excited to see me. Hazel, let's have you try.
Me: knock, knock.
Hazel: Hi Grandma and Grandpa.
Me: (waiting, gesturing, coaxing with my eyes--what next?)
Hazel: oh...come in.
Me: Thanks Hazel, Parley did you notice she invited me in? Let's try again.
Me: knock, knock
Me: (waiting...in disbelief...still waiting)
The scenerio was repeated one more time with the same results. And then I remembered this clip from a classic Simpsons episode.
So if Parley leaves you stranded at the doorstep, even if you're his grandparent, aunt or next door neighbor, just know that he also left me, his own mother, hanging out three times tonight. I didn't, however, try stomping on his foot.