Quotes About the Manners of Children

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Most people have expectations about children’s etiquette, particularly when it comes to other people’s children. It's easy to judge as you sit back and watch another parent appear to lose control.

As parents, we do the best with what we know, but it still isn’t easy to instill good manners in little ones whose sole purpose in life appears to be making you show your bad manners. It's almost as though the kids know certain switches to flip and when to do it for the biggest reaction.

Parents know that in spite of all the lessons we give and constant repetition, our children still slip up, and we have to reel them in if we want them to grow up being responsible and respectful citizens. It's never easy. That's why it's good to know that we're all in the same boat, and it helps to have a sense of humor.

One of the best things about reading quotes from more well known people is that you get to see that everyone, regardless of who you are, has similar experiences. When Barbara Bush admits that child rearing isn't easy, you know you're in good company.

We're All in This Together

It's nice to hear that we're not in this parenting thing alone. Here are some quotes about children’s manners that might make getting through this period a little easier:

“The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” ~Fred Astaire

“Teach love, generosity, good manners, and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home, and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.” ~Roger Moore

"You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way." ~Barbara Bush

"A person's a person, no matter how small." ~Dr. Seuss

"A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn't act that way very often." ~Author Unknown

"Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup." ~Bennett Cerf

"Nothing appeals to children more than justice, and they should be taught in the nursery to “play fair” in games, to respect each other’s property and rights, to give credit to others, and not to take too much credit to themselves." ~Emily Post

"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance." ~Franklin P. Jones

"A little girl is sugar and spice and everything nice — especially when she's taking a nap." ~Author Unknown

Thought Provoking Quotes

Some quotes may not help you deal with a specific issue, but they cause you to think. And thinking is always a good thing, right?

"In America there are two classes of travel — first class, and with children." ~Robert Benchley

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." ~Angela Schwindt

"Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it." ~Harold Hulbert

"A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to." ~Robert Brault

Use of Humor

Even the best of children have their moments that make their parents wonder if there is any hope. Humor makes raising children more tolerable during these times.

"Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don't have the top for." ~Jerry Seinfeld

"Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth." ~Erma Bombeck

"If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils." ~P.D. James

Children need models more than they need critics. ~Joseph Joubert

Discipline is one of the key elements to instilling good behavior and proper etiquette in our offspring. However, no matter what we say, they watch and follow your lead in what you do rather than what you say.

“A brat is a child who has learned to get what he wants from his parents by trial and terror.” ~Unknown

Mini Me

Some people consider children to be "adults in training." However, there are times you may wonder if they might actually be aliens from another planet. When they're good, you claim them, but when they're not, you're tempted to pretend you have no idea who they are. 

“Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.” ~Unknown

“You try your hardest to raise your teenagers with patience, honesty and good manners, but they still end up being like you.” ~Unknown

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." ~Lady Bird Johnson

Tips on Raising Your Children to Become Good Citizens

Although it's fun to read quotes about child rearing, you still won't have all the answers to many of your questions about making your children adhere to societal standards and teaching them good manners. You have to be diligent on teaching them how to be good sports, even when they lose, how to show respect for the elderly, how to share with their playmates, and how to behave at the dinner table. 

Regardless of where you go with your children, you need to give the attention they need. Whether you're in church or dining out, their behavior affects everyone around you.