Monday, June 26, 2006

Teaching Children Manners

We all want our children to behave politely and display proper etiquette. No matter what their age, there’s no time like the present to teach your children good manners.


Here are some topics to keep in mind when teaching children manners:

-Addressing adults: Children should be taught adults are addressed as Miss, Misses or Mister. And, how we show respect to authority figures such as, doctors or policepersons when we talk to them as officers or sirs or madams.

-Table manners: Explain it is impolite to chew with your mouth open, show how foods are passed to one another and teach the proper way to set a table.

-Phone Etiquette: Show the proper way to receive a phone call, take messages and the polite way to make a phone call.

-Guest Skills: Explain the proper way a guest should behave in someone else’s home. Asking permission to use the phone, getting drinks and picking up after themselves. Also, teach your children how to treat guests in your home.

-Please and Thank you: Teach your children to be gracious by teaching them to always say "please" and "thank you" when they ask for or receive something. When they begin to write, help them compose thank you notes.

Summer is the perfect time to fit in lessons on manners. In the end, you’ll have well behaved, polite children everyone will enjoy being around.

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