GOOD MANNERS TO TEACH YOUR CHILD
When it comes to teaching kids manners, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Children are like sponges, ready to soak up everything you share with them. Teaching them manners is not nearly as tricky as you may think.
Here are some easy tips for teaching proper manners to kids.
Explain why we do the things we do
When attending a birthday party, explain exactly why you are bringing a gift. “We are getting Ayansh a gift to say ‘thank you’ for letting us be a part of his big day and celebrations.” By giving a good explanation, your child will associate gift-giving with being appreciative.
Be a role model
If you are not showing good manners, it will be difficult for your kids to show them. Always use words like please and thank you. Don’t be afraid to apologize if you mess up. Kids will often point out when you are not following your own rules, so be sure to accept their reminders with grace.
Demonstrate cheerful greetings
Always greet people with a smile and a cheerful hello. Teach your children that a smile can help to relax other people and put them at ease; It is also a great way of showing that you care.
Ensure Good listening
Children are not known for their amazing attention spans, so when you are working on teaching kids’ manners, ensure that they are listening.
“I have something important to talk to you about. Please let me know you are listening by putting your finger on your nose.”
Create and set expectations before every event
As you begin attending parties and other social functions, speak with your child beforehand to let them know exactly what behavior is expected of them. Focus on one or two important behaviors that they can work on. For instance, if you are attending church services, remind your child that they need to remain quiet and sit still in order to show respect.