Last week, my dad, my 10-year-old and I went out to lunch together. Heading into the restaurant, he held the door for his grandpa and for me. As I walked through, I said, "Remember, always open the door for a lady."
Grandpa chimed in. "Yes, always hold the door for a lady. It's even more important to hold a door for a lady than for a grandpa or an old man."
There are lots of teachable moments that present themselves when raising kids. I take every chance I can to emphasize kindness and courtesy to my boys. I know I'm getting way ahead of myself, but in that moment I found myself thinking that one day he's going to fall in love. And maybe him opening doors will be one of the things that makes her fall in love with him.
"What about for a lady who's a grandma?" he asked. "Ah, that's the most important," I told him. :)