Good manners are the ways we teach our children to act in appropriate ways that are socially acceptable AND respectable. They include things like kindness, politeness, consideration and courtesy. However, teaching our children basic manners sometimes gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of life. We should never assume our children know that certain behaviors are the correct etiquette. Here are our TOP 5 MANNERS TO TEACH OUR KIDS so that our kids are thought of as polite and people like having them around!
1. DON'T ASK FOR OR CONSUME FOOD AT OTHER PEOPLES HOMES
I think this may be one of the hardest manners to teach kids, especially young children. Don't ask for or consume food at other people's homes UNLESS of course, it's been offered. We all know that food always tastes better when it doesn't come from your own home, so food at the playdate or aunties house is more appealing. Teach your children that even though they may desire food or snacks at playdates or other venues, they must wait until it's offered.
2. EAT WHAT IS SERVED
This is another hard one, especially for picky eaters. However, children should be taught that they should try what has been prepared to eat whether it's at their home or at someone else's home. They don't have to eat a whole portion of it, but they should try it, and not make faces or rude comments if they don't like the dish. They should never ask for a new meal to be prepared at home or elsewhere unless they have allergies. In that case, the host should be notified ahead of time.
3. DON'T INTERRUPT ADULTS WHEN THEY ARE TALKING
We are living in a world that demands instant gratification. Adults want it, kids do too. However, that doesn't mean children (or adults) should interrupt conversations because we want something when we want it. Teach children not to interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other UNLESS there is an emergency. This includes a telephone conversation.
4. SAY PLEASE
When your child wants or needs something, have them make it a habit of saying "please".
5. ALWAYS SAY THANK YOU
Children should be taught to always say thank you when they've been hosted at an event. As children get older this should become second nature. Saying thank you when someone has done something nice for them or served them in some way should also be taught.
There are many other manners that are important to teach children, like to keep negative comments to themselves, to ask permission to do something, especially when in doubt, to write thank you notes, but if you can get your children to master these Top 5 Manners, we think your children will be well on their way towards being considered a child with good manners.