Family

5 Manners 4 Kids

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Manners are on the way out.  So it seems anyway.  What happened to basic decency? Shouldn’t manners just be common sense? I don’t know, but here is a reminder that manners are always in fashion.  They are actually a part of daily life. What manners should you be discussing with your children?  Listed below are five areas you can cover with your children to ensure they have good manners.

Here are five more manners for children to know.

  1. How to sit properly.  Sitting up, with good posture and leg placement is important.  Habits for sitting are established in childhood.  For children learning how to sit is going to take some time and practice. So be patient.  You are going to be giving lots of reminders!
  2. Keeping Promises. While keeping promises may not be part of “manners” it is part of your character.  Character, like manners, give people a picture of who you are.  Learning that what you say means something is never a wasted lesson.
  3. Saying “Excuse me” when walking in front of someone( like at the grocery store. ) You know what I mean, right?  You’re in the soup section trying to find a certain kind of soup in the endless sea of red and white Campbell’s cans.  Someone always walks in front of you.  I’d say I get an “excuse me” about half the time. A small gesture can go a long way!
  4. Asking to pet an animal.  Kids love animals.  Who hasn’t seen a cute dog in the park and wanted to pet it? Kids are no exception.  They see a dog, squeal and run up to it.  Some dogs or dog owners just don’t like that.  It can also be a safety issue. Some dogs don’t like strangers and could bite.  Learning how to approach an animal and it’s owner is not only good manners but being safety conscious too.
  5. When to stand up.  Sounds silly doesn’t it? Everyone knows when to stand right?  Not necessarily.  Knowing when to stand for the Pledge of Alliance or the National Anthem is one thing, knowing when to stand for an introduction, hello, goodbyes, and in various ceremonies takes time.  Make sure you help you child to understand the when and the why of standing up.

 

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