Teaching children good manners is an important part of raising your child. Manners they are able to apply not only around you, but also when they are out in public without you.
Being polite can set your child up for success later in life.
Enforce these manners from an early age, and your child will catch on in no time.
Here are some suggestions of good manners to teach your children.
Saying “Please” and “thank you”
Teach your child to always say, “Please” when asking for something and “Thank you” when receiving something or someone has helped them.
Saying “Excuse me”
Teach them to say, “Excuse me” when they need to get through a crowd or want to get someone’s attention.
Please don’t interrupt
Teach them to not interrupt, whether it be interrupting a conversation between two people that they are not a part of (unless it is an emergency) or when someone is speaking to them.
No unkind comments
Show them how it’s impolite to comment on other people’s characteristics or physical appearances, unless it is a compliment.
Always ask permission
Teach your child to always ask permission. It’s important that they understand if they aren’t sure about taking or using something, it is always better to ask first.
Enforce the importance of gratitude. Show your child how to write a simple thank you note, email or SMS, especially when they receive gifts in the mail. They shouldn’t be allowed to use the gift until they have properly thanked whoever gave it to them.
The importance of hygiene
Give your child a lesson in hygiene. Teach them to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze and to never pick their nose and always use a tissue.
Respond to greetings politely
Teach them to politely respond when someone asks them how they are and to always ask the question back.
Tell them how important it is to respect other people’s privacy. Always knock on closed doors and wait for a response before opening it. Are you setting a good example?
Teaching children good manners can be fun and the results are definately rewarding.