My Daughter, Tara, is growing up so fast.  Every parent will tell you it happens so fast.  I've been told by and have told that to many people.  She's going to be 9 later this year and she's going to 4th grade.

It seems just like yesterday that I was calling the Hawk from the hospital and letting everyone know that I had a daughter born on my birthday.  I'm so proud of what shes become in such a short time.  She makes me smile and laugh every day.

As some will tell you, I probably spoil her a little bit.  I know it's hard to believe that I would do that......Ok, you can stop laughing now.  I ran across this from and thought it was worth passing along.  It's "Manners every kid should know by age 9."

This is helpful not only for 9 year old's but for 49 year old's too. My thoughts are in parentheses.

Manner #1 When asking for something, say "Please." (This becomes even more helpful when you become married, so learn it young.) Manner #2 When receiving something, say "Thank you." (This is also helpful when you become married but it's more like "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.......right guys.)

Manner #3 Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking. (Wanting a Popsicle from freezer is not an emergency, Grandpop locked in the freezer is.)

Manner #4 If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation. (The least polite is "EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME.) 

Manner #5 When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief.(After that, you'll realize that asking for permission is good but asking for forgiveness is better.)

Manner #6 The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults. (That's what Facebook is for.)

Manner #7 Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering. ( I learned this at a very young age.  I never saw Dad move so fast.  I'm not sure what was going on but sorry.)

I hope this helps....I know it's helped me. To see the rest of the list go here.