Do you believe children today have less respect for elders and using manners is of no importance? I have found that excuse me, thank you, and please don’t seem to be a part of our children’s vocabulary these days. When did we lose this value? Teens have either cut in front of me or reached across me and never uttered a word.
When I was raising my daughter, manners were important. Good manners will take our children a long way. I have been baffled about some children’s interaction with their parents on various occasions. I have heard children call their parents by their first name, yell at them, just be downright disrespectful and the parent took no action.
Manners are taught and they should be taught at home. Along with manners comes respect. Instilling manners is a sign of respect for your parents and your upbringing as well as respect for yourself. Who wants to be around rude and impolite children. These rude and impolite children will grow up to be rude and impolite adults. Here are a few tips to get your child on the road to respect and being polite:
- Please and Thank You. When you ask your child to pick up their toys, get ready for their bath etc. say please. When your child abides say thank you. Children learn by example.
- Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir. This is extremely important, especially when they are responding to seniors.
- Say Hello when they answer and to give the phone to an adult. (It’s very rude to have a child answer the phone and they just sit there and breathe into the phone or hang up).
- Say Hello or Hi when you introduce them to friends, co-workers, church members or you have visitors in your home.
- Sharing toys, treats etc. when playing with friends or siblings.
- To Not Interrupting adult conversations unless it is an emergency.
- Table Manners. This will be important when you’re dining out or invited to a friend’s home or family gathering during the holidays. Your child needs to understand that they can not play with their food, slurp, burp, or create games with their eating utensils. If a burp does arise, teach them to say excuse me.
- Excuse Me when they need to pass in front of an adult or get around them.
- Say nice things about other people.
- Wash Their Hands with soap and water after using the bathroom and before meals. Also, teach them to wipe their hand on a towel and not on their clothes. Teaching them to use hand sanitizer is a good idea when soap and water is not available.
- Wipe their nose with a tissue and not their hands. Also, picking their nose is improper.
Using patience with your child is a must while teaching them manners. They won’t learn overnight, so it’s important that you remind them of the importance of manners often. As they get older and they have mastered the basics, you can instill other values.
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