Manners are important, right? Right. We started working with please and thank you via sign language forever ago and "peas" became one of the little girls' early words, when we prompted them to use it. So both girls are beginning to understand what the word really conveys and will use it with gentle prompting. Here are a couple of examples:
Abigail still struggles to verbalize what she wants and will start to get frustrated if we can't figure out what she's 'saying'. I'll often say "use your words" and she'll reply "peas" as she tries to make her request again, swiping her hand across her chest as the way she signs it. (Such a polite request, sweetie, but I still have no idea what you're asking for.)
Bethany will ask for something without including please, until I give her a semi-stink-eye and then she'll say "peas". (Bwaa haa haa! such power in a glance!)
In addition to these wonderful demonstrations of manners, they are both now saying "tink you" when someone helps them or gets them something. UNprompted. LOVE it. Gives me the false sense that we're raising two of the most polite little girls that ever were. (ha)
I'll be sure to enjoy it while it lasts.