The saying that children are like sponges is true. Children tend to soak up everything and every influence around them. Manners need to be taught, shown, and reinforced by parents and other adults who have the authority in their lives.
If you want your child to have good manners, you need to teach your child manners and you must make sure you have manners as well. This is definitely not an area in which you can get them to do as you say and not as you do. The first step to teach your child manners is being a mannerly parent.
11 Best Manners to Children
Often children don’t know what’s expected of them until you explain it. Make your expectations clear, and then model it yourself so they can see good manners in action.
- Say please. (Shows consideration for others.)
- Say thank you. (Shows appreciation and gratitude.)
- Saying excuse me. (Shows consideration for others.)
- Look people in the eye when you speak to them. (Shows respect for the other person.)
- Apologize. (Shows empathy and that you are taking responsibility for your actions.)
- Smile & have a good attitude. (Makes everything better for yourself and others!)
- Make small talk. (Important social skill for friendships and, later in life, getting and keeping a job.)
- Ask questions of others. (Shows interest in others’ ideas and feelings.)
- Look for opportunities to compliment others. (Makes others feel good, helps with reciprocal relationships.)
- Share. (Shows others you care, helps you to think of others, makes you appreciate what you have.)
- Treat others they way you want to be treated. (Covers all bases!)
It is no secret that adults don’t really like to be around children who are rude and obnoxious. No parent wants this for their child. Teach your child manners by making a point to sit down and talk about how important it is to have good manners. Listen to areas of struggle he/she may have when interacting with other people. This may make it easier in your attempt to teach
Teach your child manners. Good manners is an incredibly important life skill.
And like so many other things, getting children into the habit of using manners at an early age makes things much easier later in their future.