We've been working really hard on Parker's manners, but so far all it's taught my three and a half year old is to talk back politely.
Me: "Will you bring me your juice cup from upstairs, please?"
Parker (sweetly): "Will you go get it, please?"
Me: "I asked you first, buddy. Besides, I brought it up to you, so the nice and helpful thing to do would be to bring it back down to me."
Parker (even more sweetly): "Yes, you brought it up to me, so you may bring it back down, too."
"And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them." - Luke 6:31