Then came the extra bit of information... something that will take them all far in relationships...if they would just listen...
Me: Want to know a secret? [The word "secret" promptly got Will and Nathan's attention]
Me: Girls like it when boys ask if they are ok. It makes them feel special. You know what else girls like? They like it when you open and hold a door for them.
No comments from the peanut gallery; they all went back to eating. No big deal. Hmff.
Two days later, while helping Nathan get dressed, I told him that we needed to hurry because mommy needed to go potty. (Yes, apparently I announce this to my boys.) Anyway... Immediately after I told this to him, he got his pants on and said with a bright smile on his face,
"Me open door for you!"
He ran to my bedroom, but the door was already open. He looked so disappointed and said, "Oh no." I looked at him and said, "How about we shut the door so you can open it for mommy?" He liked the idea and so we did.
I thanked him kindly and as I was walking toward the master bathroom, I told him I would be out in a minute.
I heard, "Okaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy" as he was running back down the hall to find his tractor and go back to playing.
Maybe they do listen after all! :)