Want to raise well-mannered kids? Here are etiquette practices to encourage as they grow!
Raising well-mannered kids means encouraging them each day. It’s a constant process that requires discipline and loads of patience.
We previously explored things to avoid if you want to raise well-mannered kids, but now let’s take a closer look at specific manners your kids must learn from age 2 until they reach the age of 9!
Saying “please” and “thank you”
As soon as they master the art of conversation, they must also learn the value of being polite. Saying ‘please’ when making a request and saying ‘thank you’ is an important good habit to encourage as early as possible.
Not interrupting a conversation
Once kids learn to communicate, parents must guide them to wait until they can speak up, unless it’s very important.
Saying “excuse me”
To enter a conversation, they should learn to politely say ‘excuse me.’ This rule of etiquette also applies if they want to request to pass or if after they burp or a cough.
Not commenting on someone’s physical appearance
Though the bluntness of kids can be endearing, it can often offend others. They must learn that it’s not okay to call someone fat, for instance, even if it’s behind their back.
Knocking before entering
Even if a door’s not locked, kids must learn to knock before opening a closed door. Teach them to wait for someone to respond before entering.
Avoiding foul language
Kids are like sponges. They imbibe expressions from whatever TV show they’re watching or from grown-ups. Sometimes, they don’t even know an expression is foul. So, do your best to correct them and discourage cursing and foul language before it becomes a habit.
Not making fun of others
Teasing or making fun of others is simply bad manners. Parents should also discourage name-calling, no matter how rampant it is on the playground.
Covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing
Out of consideration for others, kids must form the habit of covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing.
Not picking their nose in public
The same goes for nose picking. Teach them to wait until they’re home, or excuse themselves to go to the bathroom.
When someone is in need, offer to help
For instance, their aunt is working hard in the kitchen during a family gather, remind them to offer to help. It’s the polite thing to do.
Not pouting when something is boring
Kids have to sit through class or church services, and they’re not always fun. But teach them it’s polite to sit properly and be patient. This may be tough for younger kids, but constant reinforcement will surely help in making this a habit as they grow older.
Ask nicely if you need something
When dining, for instance, teach them not to reach across the table. Instead, encourage them to ask nicely if they need something handed to them and saying ‘thank you’ afterward!