You should start teaching your kids manner at the age when they understand what you are saying, this will differ from child to child. They will need constant coaching and reminders to use their manners, but the end results of your hard work will be rewarding. A ‘’do as I say, not as I do’’ approach to manners does not work with children. Children must see you setting a good example for manners. Here are a few basic to get you started.
Social Graces-Teaching Your Kids Good Manners
How do your kids do with their social graces? It is an unending job for parents to teach their kids manners. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Saying, ''Please'', ''Thank you'' and ''You're welcome often, it shows respect and appreciation.
- Not interrupting when other people are speaking, waiting their turn. A thought pops into their head and they want to blurt it out.
- Clean up your mess, at home and other places you visit. This one may take some reminders.
- Showing good sportsmanship, no matter if you lose or win. If they lose, don't sulk or get mad, but be a good sport to the winner.
- Always say, ''Hello'' or ''hi'' when someone visits your home so that the guest feels welcome.
- No name calling, that can hurt people.
- Opening doors when going into buildings, allow elders to go first and open the door for them.
Basic Table Manners
- Eat your food with your utensils unless the food is meant to be eaten with fingers. Just babies eat with fingers.
- Don't put too much food in your mouth at once, you could choke and it looks terrible.
- Don't reach over someone's plate for something, ask nicely that food is passed to you.
- Use a napkin to wipe your mouth, put the napkin on your lap when not in use. Do not use your napkin to blow your nose, leave the table if you must do this.
- Chew your food with your mouth closed and no talking with your mouth full.
- No ''double-dipping,'' slurping, licking fingers or sticking your fingers into food to taste!
- Always thank the cook for the meal they prepare for you, at home or a friend's house.
Tips for the Parents!
- Gentle, no yelling or screaming, reminders reinforcing the manners will have to be constantly.
- Praise your child when they use their manners.
- Final results will be worth all of the repetitive encouragement you do over and over.
- Do not reprimand a child's social errors in public; take them aside in private for correction.
- Set an example for children.
- You will end up with a well-behaved child that you will be so proud to call your own!
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