Teaching Children Manners

Manners are such a key thing for children to learn growing up. It establishes boundaries and teaches children ‘life rules’. Although they don’t always, adults should lead by example and use these simple manners all the time in their day to day lives to back up what they are trying to teach children. Sometimes a child’s rudeness is completely unintentional. If they aren’t properly taught manners, they wont know any different. Busy mums and dads don’t always have the time to teach and focus on etiquette but they really ought to try putting these into effect on a daily basis.

Teach these key manners to your child and you’re bound to rise a polite and well mannered child.

  1. Say ‘please’ – When you ask another person for something – always say please.
  2. Say ‘thank you’ – Always say thank you when receiving something from a person.
  3. When a person asks you how you are, always respond then ask how they are in return.
  4. Be kind to people – Keep negative/hurtful opinions to yourself or quietly between your friends
  5. When requesting a persons attention, a polite way to request their attention is buy using the phrase ‘excuse me’.
  6. Do not interrupt grown ups – It is rude to interrupt adults whom are speaking unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they have finished talking.
  7. Ask before doing something you think you may not be allowed to do
  8. Don’t call people hurtful/mean names
  9. Do not make mean comments on other people’s looks
  10. When making a phone call, first introduce yourself then ask politely to speak to the person you were calling remembering to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
  11.  Don’t reach over people when seated at a table – ask politely for somebody to pass it to you.
  12. After staying at a friends house, remember to thank his/her parents for allowing you over and for the good time you had – even if it wasn’t a really good time.
  13. Be polite and appreciative when you receive a gift – even if you do not particularly like the gift. A hand written letter is always nice.
  14. Sit through things nicely and quietly such as a play, assembly or wedding and pretend that you are interested. Somebody has put a lot of effort into it and disruptions are rude.
  15. When walking through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for somebody.
  16. Never use bad language in front of adults – such as swear words
  17. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and do not pick your nose in public.
  18. Do not make fun of others. Teasing and ganging up on a person is nasty.
  19. If you knock into somebody – say ‘sorry’
  20. When trying to get around somebody do not barge or push them – say ‘excuse me please’.
  21. Knock on closed doors and wait to see if there is a response before entering.
  22. When somebody helps you say ‘thank you’.
  23. Use a knife, fork and spoon correctly. If you are unsure how to do this ask an adult or watch how somebody else does it.
  24. When asked to do something – do it without complaining and with a smile.
  25. Do not wipe food around your mouth on your sleeve. Eat food with a napkin on your lap and use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
  26. If you come across somebody working on something, ask if you are able to help them in any way.

When my children are old enough to fully understand these manners I will have them printed up and placed either on our fridge or wall somewhere where they are easily visible as a little reminder every day to use manners and be polite.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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