We have been diligently teaching Max to be a gentleman. To that end, we have consistently required that he say please before he get anything from us, thank you after receiving something from us, and sorry whenever he has hit someone or spoken meanly to his parents. We are proud to say that Max would pass for the finest of southern gentleman. But we're not sure he completely understands.
For example, whenever he plays with other children he thinks "please" means give me whatever you have and if you don't I will scream. "Thank you" means I'm very happy that I now have what I want, leave me alone. And "sorry," -- we're still not sure. He says it all the time. It makes us think we've required that he apologize too often because now we'll tell him to put his shoe on his other foot and he'll say "sorry" as if he were consciously trying to bug us by putting the left shoe on his right foot, or we'll tell him to please give his mommy kisses and he'll say "sorry," as if he should have thought of this idea all on his own.
We're not sure how to deal with his politeness, but we'll let it work itself out.