Do you want to instill manners in your kids as they grow older? This list of important manners for kids to know is really helpful!
(You might find these resources on Character Building and Cultivating Gratitude useful as well.)
10 Important Manners for Kids to Know
Manners are an essential part of everyday life, but in the hustle and bustle of busy days, it’s easy to forget to make time for teaching etiquette and manners to our kids.
While many of these common rules of engagement may seem like common sense to you as an adult, your kids probably don’t know them or understand why they’re important.
Teach these 10 manners to your kids, and you’ll help them they grow into polite and courteous adults:
1. Say Please
Saying please when asking for something shows consideration for others — making it one of the most important manners you should be teaching your kids. Make sure your child says please before or after any request they make to instill the habit in them throughout childhood.
2. Say Thank You
Teaching your children to show gratitude after someone has done something for them is equally important as teaching them to say please. A simple thank you can go a long way in demonstrating appreciation.
3. No Interrupting
Showing respect for adults is another important manner for kids to know. One simple rule that helps reinforce this concept is “no interrupting while adults are speaking with each other.”
Teaching your child to say they are sorry when they have done something wrong teaches them to take responsibility for their actions and helps them demonstrate empathy.
5. Say Excuse Me
“Excuse me” is another important phrase your child should know. In addition to helping them enter into an ongoing conversation, saying excuse me can also help them politely maneuver through a crowd or get an adult’s attention.
6. Compliment Others
Help your children show appreciation for others by encouraging compliments when necessary. And don’t forget to reinforce the negative side of this etiquette rule by encouraging them to keep negative comments to themselves.
7. Knock Before Entering
Teaching your child to knock on a closed door before entering not only teaches them to respect others’ privacy, but it can also save you from a potentially embarrassing situation in the future!
8. Cover Your Mouth
In addition to stopping the spread of germs, teaching your child to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze also helps them acknowledge the well-being of those around them.
9. Hold the Door
Remind your child to be aware of their surroundings when out in public. One great way to show others they are aware of their presence is by holding the door for someone else after they have entered a building.
This may be one of the most difficult manners for a child to grasp, but it’s also one of the most important things they should know. Learning to share will help your child show others they care and will make them be more appreciative of the things they have.
Are there any other important manners for kids that you’d add to this essential list? Let us know!
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