One of the things that my husband and I continue to be impressed by up here in Toronto is the children we meet. No matter how old they are, they tend to be very well-behaved. That’s not to say that they don’t still act like children. They love to play, laugh and tease one another. But when their parents call them, they usually come quickly without much complaint, whining or defiance.
Several times now, we’ve met parents who want us also to meet their children. They call the kids away from what they are doing, and the children come over to meet us. The kids stand there politely and say hello to us, waiting for their parents to dismiss them so they can go back to what they were doing before. It’s so charming and delightful to see!
We’ve been in many social gatherings with children and, while they still act like kids, none of them are too boisterous, obnoxious or out of control. It’s like the kids here know that they have a place in society and they know what is expected of them.
Unlike in So Cal, I’ve never seen a child out of control in a store or other public place and I’ve never seen parents have to bribe their children to behave here. I’m not exactly sure how they do it, but my husband and I both like it a lot and would love to learn the Canadian secret of well-behaved and polite children.