Simple Steps for Teaching Good Manners to Children

Teaching good manners and basic etiquette to children may seem quite overwhelming. Good manners can never be inherited. It can only be acquired. Parents should instill proper etiquette in young children as it’ll help in developing interpersonal skills and right attitude towards life. 

Good behaviors should be taught at an early age. Besides ‘thank you’, ‘please’ and ‘sorry’, teach them how to treat others and how to behave well. 

Teach Gently and Effectively 

Teaching a child about the expected behavior is an ongoing process. Each and every day, in between your daily activities you will find enough and more opportunities to nudge your children in the right path. Talk to your child about good manners and be specific on how you want them to be. 

Picture books, story books, animated videos and role play activities that are based on good manners will go a long way in teaching your child about good manners. Prepare them well in advance and refresh the basic rules before going to social settings. For instance, if you are planning for a hang out or have invited some guests to your home, then remind your child to be polite. 

In spite of all what you’ve done, your child may still make some age-appropriate mistakes and may exhibit bad manners. Avoid nagging much about the blunder and don’t reprimand. Correct you child gently and privately. However, do not compromise over indiscipline and give suitable warnings or punishments. By doing so, he will gradually learn to respect you for keeping your word and the anticipation for disciplinary actions will keep them away from misbehaviors. 

Lead By Example 

Parenting is a tough calling. Parents should be the role models of good mannerisms and behavior because the kids are more likely to imbibe their parent’s actions, words and behaviors. Try to mold the good manners that you would like to see in your children, in you first. Say words like ‘excuse me’, thank you’, ‘sorry’ and ‘please’ often as needed and kids will eventually follow you.

Do not use bad language in front of your children at least. Watchfulness is the key for a child in his learning process. If he ever sees you behaving in fits of anger, abusing words, then he will incorporate them into his behavior too. It’s true that manners go hand in hand with emotions. By chance, if your child sees you behaving rudely in some situation, then you should be able to get across the idea that under certain conditions it happens and that you are trying hard to fix them. 

Repeat, Rephrase and Reward 

Young children cannot learn to exhibit the expected behaviors overnight. It takes a lot of time to acquire social skills. Repeat your regular follow-up lessons on good manners to your child. Rephrase their rash and impolite statements into more acceptable ones. Encourage them when they adopt good manners themselves and don’t forget to reward them for behaving well. 

Recognition and rewards will motivate children to continue practicing good behaviors on a regular basis. These tips will help them manage their social, academic and personal situations better.

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