The other morning I was dropping Austin off at school (just like every other day) it was raining so all the children were going inside for morning recess. I saw that there were already a few children heading for the door just like Austin. The only difference is Austin was running to keep out of the rain. I saw him run past all the other children and ring the bell to get the door to open. The door opened and Austin went in first, I was not pleased since I did not think he was being polite. Social skills are very challenging for Austin. I decided to address the matter when I picked him up that afternoon.
I picked Austin up that day and told him I saw him run past the other children to get to the door first, then open the door and enter before anyone else including ... the girls! I explained to Austin that I was not impressed with this and said I would like him to be raised a gentlemen and a gentleman would never run past a girl and go in before her, leaving her in the rain no less! Also, if there were other boys there first, not to run or try to get in front of them in line, it is really not polite at all. I told Austin, if there was a girl at the door, he should hold the door for her allowing her to enter first. He just looked at me and said "okay". We would see if my lesson stuck.
This morning, it is raining again, sigh ... anyway, I dropped Austin off and he ran to the door again. A girl was walking up to the door about 15 feet behind him. Austin had rang the bell and the door opened. Austin held open the door and waited patiently for the girl to finish coming up the walk way and held the door for her so she could enter the school and he then followed behind her. I was so proud of him! I know that socially Austin struggles so much but that does not mean I will not keep working with him to help him develop and I think he did great this morning! I just LOVE my boy!
All the best!