What a cheek!

The young generation these days lack respect for their elders in most societies. Ask a question, and you get either a sarcastic, cheeky response or they’d downright ignore you.

I have a special peeve against this sort of behavior. Subconsciously, I compare them to myself at that age. Our generation was trained or rather drilled in having good manners. Please, thanks, excuse me were the words that were essential in our speech.

Now everyone is addressed as “man”, people think it’s a waste of breath to say, sir or ma’am. And if you ask them to repeat something, it never goes well. As for the cheek, they show, it is unacceptable for people of my ilk.

Why have the teaching of polite manners to our children has been given a backseat?

Written for Thursday Inspiration- Cheek, hosted by Jim



48 thoughts on “What a cheek!

  1. Great post mam. I think I am habitual to respect everyone as an teenager. I used to say everyone as sir and mam on LinkedIn as everyone was older than me but then someone posted that people try to become more formal to get in main line and all that stuff…. as I was new I thought I must follow this but then I realized I am not doing something wrong. What to do in such situations? Please help

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    1. I think that it’s great that you respect people that are older than you. Keep this good habit. Those who make fun of your good qualities will soon be silenced. Thanks


  2. 🤔 If you were to encounter someone from the Amish community, you would be addressed as, “Ma’am” (Which probably has a lot to do with the type of discipline that is carried out within those types of Christian church groups).

    Yes, modern children and teenagers are kind of cheeky.

    When teenagers are drafted into the military, they will refer to people as, “Sir” or “Ma’am” because that discipline was drilled into them on their first day of boot camp.

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  3. Due to the lack of manners I saw and experienced with my generation, I was particularly careful to try and instill it in my children. I am part of Generation X, and there was very little regard for politeness, so I am not sure things are getting worse than in the 90s.

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    1. I grew up in a different culture and so did my kids, the 80-90 generation. They are respectful, though not shy of stating their opinions. Their kids are so much influenced by the kids around them and media they follow that their norms have changed completely

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  4. Oh, Sadje i hear you…a lot of factors affect the behavior of our young children today and as a parent, i can only do so much…gladly though, mu daughters have maintained great respect towards elderly people..

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  5. Very well said. I think it’s also because respect is misconstrued as a sign of weakness (atleast where I am). If you are humble and kind, you’d definitely be taken advantage of 99 of the 100 times.

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  6. Mmm. Yes, I feel like we’ve discussed this in a similar way before, and I agree with you, Sadje. I’m not a fan, and think it is problematic for individuals and for society as a whole when “we” allow and in some instances actively promote these types of behaviors.

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  7. Very interesting take! It is unfortunate that the quality of respect is going down. Where I live, in a rather conservative yet developed city of South India, respect is VERY important. I was once hosting a programme and had to say “our Principal Mr X” and the teachers were mortified that I didn’t say “Mr X sir” Mr+ sir together? Wow, sometimes people take this to so many different levels 🤭 To me, it’s a grammatical flaw and to them, it‘a lack of respect to even utter an older person’s name. Since then, I dropped the whole mister/Mrs affair and stuck to “principal sir”, “physics sir” etc 😛Nevertheless, in the name of liberalisation, we are losing our basic human values and that is TRAGIC.

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  8. It’s a sign of the times. I notice it with my grandson, when he’s cheeky he’s encouraged rather than rebuked. They think he’s cute 😕


          1. “Elvis isn’t dead because I heard him on the radio” is another interesting thought, as is “plants are …” Oh, wait – that’s not interesting. Hmm.
            Who drew the cartoon of your head?

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  9. Sadly I think some of it is peer pressure, because it is not deemed “cool” to be too kind. Or maybe as we age we are just bothered more and see more of it. Every generation is accused of some breech of etiquette.

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